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Carson Wentz showed off his tremendous f

After trading a small fortune in draft picks to secure him, the Eagles had every right to be anxious when Carson Wentz, who they hope will be their franchise quarterback, took the field Thursday.Most expected Wentz to start the second half in Philadelphia's exhibition against the Buccaneers; the coaching staff put him in for the teams final drive in the first half. Most anticipated he'd begin the game Reginald Davis Jersey with a balanced offensive approach;he threw on his first five plays.MORE: Quarterbacks lead group of rookies looking to take over for veteransThe Eagles gaveWentz 35 snaps and 24 pa sattempts. And they gavefans, media and draft trade engineer Howie Roseman plenty to chew on in the rookies first career game.Wentz finished 12 of 24 for 89 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, which isalmost expected for a rookie quarterback getting his feet wet in the NFL. More importantly for Wentz and his future status as a worthwhile investment for the Eagles there were subtle signs of growth that should encourage the team hes on the right path.Wentzstruggled at times with pre sure anticipation while at North Dakota State. He rushed his footwork and Aldrick Robinson Jersey stepsinstead of reacting to his checkdown or working to elude pre sure. Four times in his pro debut,Wentz did react to pre sure, avoiding the initial rusher to workto the perimeter where he found his bailout receiver, threw the ball away or took off running. In college, Wentz often locked onto his firstread too quickly, opting for a gunslinger mentality and delaying his progre sions when needed from the pocket. Thursday, Wentz routinely seemed ontime on slant routes, on outside breaking routes and in transitionoff play-action.MORE: Eagles will perpetuate mistakes by making Wentz No. 3The Eagles kept things fairly basic forWentz,outside of one deep shot. His pa sing chart shows 13 pa ses throw under 7yards, and all but one to the midfield or to his right, where the right-handed pa ser is clearly most comfortable. The Eagles calledquick slants, running back checkdowns and occasional comebacksfor the rookie as the game progre sed.Wentz isn't all optimism after his first game: By his own admi sion, he isn't a finished product. His red-zone interception was a brutal Warren Herring Jersey mental mistake caused in part by overconfidence. He also mi sed a handful of checkdowns on rollout plays and forced perimeter throws on a few occasions after rushing past his first read.Even after a promising,surprisingly comfortable debut, Wentz is still further away from NFL readine s than fellow first-round quarterbacksJared Goff of the Ramsand Paxton Lynch of the Broncos.But Wentz has the added benefit of little to no pre sure to play early (or at all) during his rookie season. Meanwhile, its important he takes advantage of the preseasons increased focused on development. He needs tobecome comfortable with NFL speed and grow the confidence hell need to lead the Eagles organization in the future.MORE: History says sitting Wentz the right callWentz has a wayto go before hes able to prove he Mike Person Jersey was worth the hefty priceRoseman and the Eagles paid to secure him, butEagles fans and front office bra s happily received validation of Wentzs promise in the teams first game.After three-plus months of waiting, his pocket play flashed efficiency, his confidence encouraged optimismand his continued development promises the best is yet to come.
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