Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has an inclination to follow the path of Brett Favre in his confidence in his arm and the abilities of his receivers. Those are great characteristics for a quarterback, but you can’t be so daring that you jeopardize turning the ball over. One of the most consistent factors that helps you win in the NFL is avoiding turnovers.
If the Birds turn the ball over against the Cowboys, the way they did against the Vikings, they will be doomed.
If you turn the ball over on a consistent basis, you lose in the NFL and there are no exceptions. It’s one of the reasons I would like to see Wentz utilize his tight ends much more and I would like to see that start in the game against the Cowboys.
I want to see him get Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Trey Burton much more involved in the offense because it will allow them to control the football and keep away from the Dallas offense.
Wentz has struggled in the last couple of games because he’s looking downfield too much and depending on a group of mediocre wide receivers to get open. He cant do that against the Cowboys.
He should start looking for his tight ends more often, until the Birds improve their talent at the wide receiver position. The young quarterback is going to need to be more patient. He should favor taking what the defense gives him.
There have been numerous times in the last couple of games, where Ertz or Celek is open for a short gain, but Wentz is looking downfield for one of their average wide receivers to get open.
Many times the tight ends can be the safety valve or best friends of a young quarterback because getting the ball to them is much easier than completing passes downfield to the wide receivers. If you get the ball to them for four, five and six yard completions on first and second downs, it keeps you out of third and long situations.
Doug Pederson and Frank Reich have got to convince Wentz that this is the best direction for him to go with the team’s current personnel.