All things considered, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is content with having Kirk Cousins as his team’s field general. Having said that, Gruden gushed when talking about the second-year Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz as if he wanted the former No. 2 pick overall on his team.
In an interview with Dave Zangaro of NBC Philadelphia, Gruden had nothing but praises for Wentz, while also sort of taking a sideswipe at the Cleveland Browns’ front office for missing their chance of having what could’ve been a franchise-altering player.
“I think he’s progressed at a rate as fast as anybody I’ve seen really,” Gruden said on a conference call with Philly reporters on Thursday. “His ability to make plays in the pocket, his ability to stay in the pocket in the face of a rush and still deliver balls accurately, his command of the offense.
“I think he’s already proven this short in his career that he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league, quite frankly, and he’s going to be for a long time. And I don’t know how he got to Philadelphia. And I’m very upset about that.”
Philadelphia managed to snag Wentz in the 2016 NFL Draft because the Browns willingly traded to the Eagles their second-overall pick in exchange for a slew of future picks. With the way Wentz is playing these days, it’s fair to say that Philadelphia is not regretting that decision one bit.
Wentz has become an early MVP candidate this season, as he’s led the Eagles to a 5-1 record through six weeks. He’s ninth in the league in passing yards per game and tied for second in passing touchdowns.
The signal-caller will look to add to his impressive numbers this coming Monday against Gruden’s Redskins, whom the Eagles had already beaten this season. The Eagles took down Washington in Week 1, 30-17, when Wentz went off for 307 passing yards on 26-for-39 passing for a pair of touchdowns and an interception.
Washington currently has a record of 3-2 and is hoping to catch Wentz and the Eagles atop the NFC East standings.