Any way you slice it, Carson Wentz has not played quarterback well for the Philadelphia Eagles this season.
Through eight games, Wentz has the lowest single-season passer rating (73.2) of his five-year career. He has tossed 12 touchdowns against a league-leading 12 interceptions, and he has been sacked 32 times — the most in football. Granted, the Eagles have been depleted by injuries on their offensive line and at the skill positions, but Wentz’s decision-making in the pocket and when throwing downfield has been consistently head-scratching.
Most recently, he threw for a measly 123 yards on 15 completions in Philadelphia’s unimpressive 23-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8.
Still, the Eagles aren’t giving up on Wentz just yet. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the team is taking an optimistic stance on the state of his game post-bye week:
“Eagles believe bye week helped Carson Wentz,” Fowler tweeted on Sunday. “Philly and Wentz self-scouted, believe interceptions aren’t coming from bad reads or being fooled, but Wentz being ultra-aggressive trying to make a play. Team expects a better, more proficient Wentz, quieting noise about his job.”
The Eagles drafted QB Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft, which only fuels chatter that Wentz could — or should — be playing for his job on a week-to-week basis.
Fortunately for Wentz, the Eagles play in the abysmal NFC East, in which a 3-4-1 record is easily good enough for first place.
Philadelphia just kicked off against the New York Giants for their Week 10 tilt on Sunday.