Whether it has been warranted or not, criticism has come the way of arguably the most beloved Eagle since Brian Dawkins.
While some of the criticism is just, a large portion of it is click bait and a product of a frustrating 2018 season all around.
An accurate point about Carson Wentz’s play this year is the lack of big plays and a lack of big plays coming from Wentz scrambling.
While his accuracy from the pocket has vastly improved, those Houdini-like moments from 2017 outside the pocket have only reappeared a few times.
Until last night.
From the first drive on Washington struggled to get Wentz to the ground. It helped spark a touchdown drive for the offense’s first possession of the game.
That has been rare territory for an offense that has been the worst first quarter unit in the NFL.
Eagles fans still aren’t sure how Wentz dropped this pass perfectly into Golden Tate’s chest. The majority of them thought the ball was simply being thrown away.
On the touchdown play of this drive, Wentz pulled off some more magic.
Wentz tries to escape outside and when he is met by Washington LB Ryan Anderson, Wentz makes a great cut back inside (turning Anderson inside-out). By holding onto the football longer, Golden Tate gets more time to beat his one on one match up in the back of the end zone which he takes care of.
More often than not this season, Wentz in these types of situations has stayed grounded in the pocket and may not have waited long enough to find Tate on this route.
It is a dangerous play but his willingness to try and pull these off is a big part of why the Eagles fell in love with the North Dakota product.
Head Coach Doug Pederson knew getting this element back to the offense was crucial. He installed a lot of designed plays for Wentz to throw on the run. Specifically with play action.
Carson Wentz went 6-7 and threw for a career-high 100 yards on passes outside the pocket on Monday.
All of those passes came off play-action. Wentz also set a career-high with 163 play-action passing yards. pic.twitter.com/rG0lDBrzhX
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 4, 2018
Wentz was able to connect on four 25+ yard completions and he could have had more if the game was closer. The offense went run-centric to have Josh Adams close out the win.
With weapons up the wazoo on offense, adding a scrambling Wentz on a consistent basis will be a huge boost to the Eagles playoff hopes.
Draft impact on fantasy football
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
NFL.com Fantasy Football Managing Editor Graham Barfield joins the show to discuss what draft prospects fantasy owners should invest in or avoid in their drafts!
What are the ideal landing spots for the top offensive weapons from a fantasy perspective?
Is Josh Jacobs a legitimate RB1 compared to past rookie RBs?
All that and more!
The All-My Guy Team
On today’s Locked on Eagles:
Scouts, media, and fans alike all have draft prospects they pound the table for
Today we build a starting offense and defense of “my guys” from the past five draft classes
Find out who Louie and Gino have clamored for since 2014!
2019 Schedule Takeaways
On today’s Locked on Eagles:
Reacting to the release of the Eagles 2019 regular season schedule
How easy or difficult does it look in April?
Best QB battles with Wentz
Best road trips for fans to attend
And of course the always riveting W-L predictions!