Report: Carson Wentz is ahead of Sam Bradford in grasping Eagles' offense
How long until the rookie first-rounder replaces the former No. 1 pick?
Make of this what you will, but second-overall pick Carson Wentz doesn't seem overwhelmed by making the jump from FCS to the NFL. More than that, he appears to have a better grasp on Doug Pederson's offense than some guy name Sam Bradford.
This report comes courtesy of NJ.com's Matt Lombardo, who also warns against making too much of two practices.
"Wentz has shown a plus-NFL arm, accuracy to make every throw on the route tree and an ability to move the pocket and buy time," Lombardo wrote. "Not for nothing, but Wentz also seems to be ahead of Bradford in terms of mastering Pederson's offense."
He's right -- it is too early to make any grand proclamations about what this means for Wentz's NFL career, much less his rookie season. But it's certainly better than an alternate universe where Wentz is short-hopping passes all over the field and looks completely and utterly lost.
Best case: Wentz earns the starting job sooner than expected. Worst case: The Eagles roll with Bradford for another season, which seemed to be their plan all along, even before they traded up in the draft to land Wentz.
It's also worth noting that Chase Daniel, the No. 3 quarterback who signed a three-year, $21 million deal in March, knows the offense better than anyone; Daniel played for Pederson in Kansas City.
"I think Chase, given an opportunity, yes, I think he can be (a starting quarterback)," Pederson told reporters at the NFL combine in February. "People that have worked with him for the last three years know that he has an opportunity there and hopefully he gets his chance."
Since then, the Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year deal worth up to $36 million and drafted Wentz. Bradford didn't take the Wentz news well, even though the Eagles made it clear that Bradford would be the starter in 2016. He skipped voluntary workouts, then resurfaced earlier this month to explain himself.
"I just felt like I needed some time," Bradford said two weeks ago. "I could have stayed here, could have continued to work here, but I'm not sure my head really would have been here those two weeks."
Bradford, who says he understands the nature of the business, also gets why fans took issue with his seemingly selfish behavior.
"I get it," Bradford said. "[Fans] have every right to be frustrated. I think the only thing I can do going forward is to continue to get better. To go out there on Sunday's starting in September, play good football, win football games, and hopefully win them back. I don't think there is anything I can say. I think it's all about my actions and what I do going forward."
It'll be interesting to gauge Bradford's actions should he get benched for Wentz sooner rather than later.
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