Last season Carson Wentz became only the 13th rookie quarterback drafted in the top 5 since 1998 to start week 1. He went on to start 16 games, and with little help surrounding him, led the Eagles to a better than expected 7-9 record, showing flashes of brilliance along the way.
Now entering the 2017 season, with a year under his belt, and a much better supporting cast, Wentz looks to take a big step and potentially become one of the game’s elite.
But do quarterbacks take a big leap in year two?
I have compiled a list of five other franchise QBs who also started 16 games their rookie season. This will give you a look at how their first seasons compared with Wentz’s as well as how they fared in year two.
Wentz has the opportunity to have a Peyton Manning/ Andrew Luck type of second season. Both Manning and Luck were able to carry their teams on their back and still take a big leap forward.
From a record perspective, it is not out of the question for Wentz to lead the Eagles to the playoffs.
From a statistical perspective, he could very easily push for 25 -30 touchdowns and 4,000 yards.
If you take that a step forward and look at him from a fantasy perspective, why can’t he end the season as a top 10-12 fantasy QB? He has the skill, he has the weapons, and by the looks of the Eagles running game, he will again have a high volume. The fact that Wentz is the 21st ranked QB on Yahoo.com, behind the likes of Tyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, and Dak Prescott is ridiculous. Am I missing something?
Last year I advocated that with a rookie quarterback, excitement level should be tempered. Well this year I am advocating that with second year Carson Wentz excitement level should be at max capacity- he’s that good.