The first practices Carson Wentz went through as a Philadelphia Eagles, he showed us he could force the defense to show what they were in, with an urgent snap count. Then he showed he could audible at the line of scrimmage and change to a play that would succeed against that specific blitz being run by the defense. It takes an urgent snap count to force the defenders to get into position to play the defense they’re in on that specific play and Wentz knows how to do it.
The youngster got into his urgent snap count and the Browns inside linebackers, thought the Eagles were getting ready to snap the ball, so they moved to their blitz positions. Went saw them take the steps forward, so he called out an audible and moved back into the shotgun. The blitz read he got from the inside linebackers, let Carson know the Browns were playing man to man pass defense.
On the right side of the formation, he had Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. He liked the matchup of Matthews had and the corner route he was going to run, is tough to cover in the slot position.
He moved back into the shotgun and had running back Ryan Mathews move to his right and be ready to step up and block one of the blitzing linebackers. You can see center Jason Kelce communicating with his guards so that they can let the tackles know what happening, and everybody knows to be ready for Double A gap blitz.
Matthews comes off the line with a burst, stems inside to set up the corner route, then he comes back outside, turns around the guy covering him and is wide open on the corner route.
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 12, 2016
We know from this Double A gap blitz and a couple of other inside blitz’ from the Browns, defensive coordinator Ray Horton was trying to get into the face of young Wentz to rattle him. Many times that pressure in the face of a youngster will force him to panic and throw the football up for grabs.
Wentz passed the inside blitz test with straight A’s.