Eagles' Carson Wentz's development compared to Super Bowl winner

This past offseason, the Eagles made a conscious effort to bolster the talent around Carson Wentz in an effort both to compete in 2017 and perhaps more importantly facilitate a significant step forward in the second-year quarterback’s development. 

During a rookie season that offered plenty of highlights, Wentz passed for 3,782 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 62.4 percent of his passes. A good start for the QB, but numbers which still leave plenty of room for improvement, prompting Wentz to get in extra work with a passing coach outside of the NovaCare Complex.

Enter wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, rookie Mack Hollins, and veteran running back LeGarrette Blount, and the stage is set for Wentz to take the step forward mechanically and from a production standpoint that the Eagles hope and need to see him take in 2o17 

Bleacher Report NFL analyst Doug Farrar wrote an in-depth piece about the best and worst of Wentz in his rookie season, and compared his career progression to Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger: 

When training camp hits in August, the pressure will begin anew for Wentz. He will have fewer excuses. No longer is he a rookie who wasn’t expected to start. No longer does he have an undermanned receiver group. No longer will he be able to get away with those early easy reads. It became clear in the second half of the season the league caught up with him, as the league tends to do.

Wentz’s growth must be twofold–both mental and mechanical. A second-year “breakout season” is a lot to ask of any player with those demands. It’s more likely Wentz will continue to take steps forward without the proverbial light going on. In my predraft scouting report detailing Wentz’s NFL viability, I compared him to Ben Roethlisberger for several reasons, including stature, arm strength, mobility and upside.

With that comparison, it’s important to remember that Roethlisberger didn’t find his groove until his fourth season in 2007. That was the first season in which he threw for more than 18 touchdowns (he threw 32), and he had led the league in interceptions the year before with 23.

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The comparison to Roethlisberger should give plenty of hope for the long-term trajectory of Wentz’s career, as well as a blueprint for the upcoming season. 

Patience will be key for Eagles fans — and the organization alike — if Wentz’s sophomore season mirrors Roethlisberger’s. In 2005, Roethlisberger actually passed for 236 fewer yards, but did cut two interceptions.

Roethlisberger also led the Steelers to an 11-5 record and Super Bowl championship. 

Wentz and the Eagles would certainly take that level of improvement and a career that rivals Roethlisberger’s out of the 2016 No. 2 overall draft choice. 

Matt Lombardo may be reached at MLombardo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL.

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