2017 Grade: .556
2017 3rd Down: .803
Week 1 at Washington: The Carson-coaster was open to all ages on the opening Sunday of the season. His exceptionable ability to shrug off would-be-sackers and throw from awkward platforms was on display, but so was his penchant for crippling mistakes. The good plays outweighed the bad, however, especially on third down where he was spectacular.
Week 2 at Kansas City: The growth in Carson Wentz’s game is tangible. The errant throws and erratic decisions still exist, just not as often. His ability to extend and create is coming to be as good as Roethlisberger in his prime. His grit is immeasurable as well – he scrambled for multiple first downs again. He processed things quick, threw with terrific accuracy and made a lot of big plays. His third down numbers have been eye popping through two games – a credit to his ability to survive a formidable pass rush.
Week 3 vs. New York Giants: This is a difficult game to evaluate from a scouting perspective. On one hand, Wentz didn’t make any glaring mistakes, and just five of his 35 drop backs graded negatively. On the other, he executed the close-to-the-chest game plan and put his team in position to win. His only 2-point play was the final throw of the game to set up the 61-yard winning field goal. Wentz had another extremely reliable third down performance.
Week 4 at LA Chargers: This was the best game of Carson Wentz’s young NFL career. His touch and accuracy have never been better, dropping perfect passes over Chargers defenders, directly into the bread basket of his teammates. He showed a total understanding of this offense, and has made it his own (except on one play (GIF below.)) On this play, he gets a basic soft cover-2 shell and has the perfect play for it: two seam-routes to expose the weakness down the middle, Wentz doesn’t process it pre-snap, and forces the ball into coverage.
Still, Wentz has grown a lot in year two. The errors in his game look more correctable now than they did last year. He has been the best quarterback in the NFL on third down in 2017.
Week 5 vs. Arizona: The Carson Coaster we full of excitement on Sunday as his ability to extend plays was on full display (GIF below.) The mistakes were few and far between and Wentz was on-point and in command in this game. He continues to excel on third downs and throwing the football down the field.
Week 6 at Carolina: Wentz gets a lot of credit in this game because the Eagles won a pivotal road game, and are now 5-1, but this game was a struggle for Wentz and the offense. The Eagles only drove the length of the field once and benefitted from some defensive takeaways. Once again, Wentz was absolutely brilliant on third down with some incredible escapes, but his down-to-down accuracy remains an issue. He missed a couple of simple throws in this game.