Carson Wentz continues to grow by game

Carson Wentz has been playing so well, it's hard to forget the No. 2 overall pick is just making his fifth NFL start.

Sunday was that reminder.

Wentz turned in his worst performance of his young career in the Eagles 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins, completing 11-of-22 passes for 179 yards and a 77.7 passer rating. His 50 percent completion rate, passing yards and passer rating all were career-lows. Sunday was also the first game Wentz did not throw a touchdown pass. 

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson isn't looking at Sunday's performance as a setback for Wentz, not when he faced a performance from an offensive line that allowed the quarterback to face pressure on 13 of 27 dropbacks.

"I thought he bounced back. I thought he stood in there and did a nice job," Pederson said. “He'll get better with each time he takes the football. This is his fifth start and we are expecting the world out of him. We put a lot on his shoulders now and he's handled it extremely well.”

Wentz made a few mistakes in the loss, including taking two nine-yard sacks on the Eagles final possession that forced them to punt in the final two minutes, giving the ball back to the Redskins. Three plays later, Matt Jones ended the game on a 57-yard run.

The sack on 2nd-and-6 could have been avoided as Wentz had Zach Ertz open as the checkdown option. Another opportunity for growth for the rookie quarterback.  

“These are the things with young quarterbacks that sometimes you kind of lose sight of in the heat of the battle,” Pederson said. “Carson understands that and he knows that.”

Wentz kept the Eagles in the football game in the fourth quarter, completing 6-of-12 passes for 125 yards, which included 2-for-3 for 77 yards on third down. 

That third down incompletion? Ertz's drop that would have resulted in a touchdown. 

“I thought he bounced back and did a nice job,” Pederson said. “He stood in there, delivered the football, made a couple nice throws on the run out of the pocket. I thought he stood in there and did a nice job as the game wore on.

"He stands in there and takes a lot of shots. The guys take notice of that." 

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