Carson Wentz’s 50-Yard Pass While Running and Getting Tackled Is the NFL Highlight of the Week (Video)
Like pretty much everything the Philadelphia Eagles have done in recent years, their quest to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz in the 2016 NFL Draft was pretty complicated. For starters, the Eagles only had the eighth overall pick, and there was no way Wentz was going to stay on the board that long. Then there was the fact that the Eagles already had a pretty good quarterback in Sam Bradford. So even if the Eagles traded up in the draft to get Wentz, they’d then have a quarterback controversy on their hands.
In the end, the Eagles decided to pull the trigger. They sent Cleveland their first, third, and fourth round picks in 2016, plus their first-round pick in 2017 and their second-round pick in 2018, for the second overall pick in 2016, and they got Carson Wentz. Then the Eagles endured four months of pouting and whining from Sam Bradford before finally trading him to Minnesota after Teddy Bridgewater shredded his knee.
Eagles fans were understandably nervous. The team had given up a lot to make Wentz their franchise quarterback, and you couldn’t help but wonder if their decisions were based partially on a desire to purge the franchise of anything having to do with former coach Chip Kelly.
Fortunately, so far, Wentz has proved to be totally worth the hassle. In just his second year, the 24-year-old out of North Dakota State has turned into one of the league’s best quarterbacks, throwing for 3,005 yards, 29 touchdowns, and just six interceptions for an excellent 102.0 passer rating through the first 12 games.
Forget the stats, though. If you want to understand how good Wentz is, all you have to do is watch this one play from Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks. Wentz is on the run, about to get sacked, when he throws a perfect pass down the field just over the outstretched hands of a Seahawks defender for a 51-yard gain:
That right there is some Aaron Rodgers sh*t. The Eagles may have lost this particular game, but they are still 10-2, and their fans should feel very confident about their future.