Carson Wentz has had great season of learning

By The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws downfield against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of their NFL game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, December 18, 2016. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) scrambles to recover his fumble against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of their NFL game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, December 18, 2016. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) scrambles to recover his fumble against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of their NFL game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, December 18, 2016. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts after he was pushed out of bounds by Baltimore Ravens defenders during the first half of their NFL game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, December 18, 2016. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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PHILADELPHIA -- One of the biggest differences in Carson Wentz in recent weeks has been his willingness to extend plays and run with the football.
In last week's Philadelphia Eagles' 24-19 win over the Giants, the rookie had several impressive-looking scrambles when his protection broke down before he could find a receiver. He also had four runs for 27 yards.
"It's definitely part of his development and evolution," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "There was a game about a month ago. I can't remember exactly which one. But he rolled out to his left and was being chased by a big defensive lineman, a nose guard who no way was going to be able to catch him.
"He got over to the sideline, felt him coming and threw it out of bounds. When we were watching the film the next day, I said, 'You couldn't have swung back around and bought a little more time?' I was kind of kidding around with him when I said it. But he looked at me and said, 'Is that free game?' I said, 'Yeah, it's free game if you can make the play.' He said, 'OK, now I know.'"
In the Eagles' first 10 games, Wentz rushed for just 48 yards on 28 carries (1.7 yards per carry). He had only seven rushing first downs, which, at the time, was fewer than 17 other starting quarterbacks in the league, including a number of guys who don't have anywhere close to the athleticism Wentz has.
In the last five games, he's been more willing to run when he's been pressured. He's rushed for 89 yards and five first downs on 17 carries (5.2 yards per carry) in those five games.
"He has that kind of ability," Reich said. "We know he has that kind of ability. It's a fine line as far as how much you want to use it. But he has a good sense for that."
Wentz's rookie season has been educational, but seldom pretty since his white-hot September start. He's 25th in passer rating (78.2), 28th in yards per attempt (6.3) and 30th in touchdown percentage (just 14 in 564 attempts).
He's thrown just seven touchdowns passes in the last 11 games. In the last four games, he's averaged just 5.5 yards per attempt and has thrown six interceptions.
But the opportunity to start and finish 16 games as a rookie is going to put him ahead of the game next season.
"He's played a ton of football here in the last year," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. "When you think about his progression from a (Division) 1-AA championship to right into the Senior Bowl to Combine prep to pro days and workouts and then OTAs with us and then right into camp (that's a lot).
"He really hasn't had a break, and for him to be playing what we feel is his best football right now at the end of the year just goes to show you the type of player he is, the type of professional that he is, and how he's learning each week and how he's attacking each week.
"It's just been something that we can definitely build on for the future."
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