Carson Wentz: NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Month
The Philadelphia Eagles can’t stop winning awards. On Wednesday, Carson Wentz was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Earlier this morning, Fletcher Cox earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors. Now it’s Wentz who is adding to his collection yet again. The Eagles’ starting quarterback has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September. Wentz is the first player in Eagles franchise history to take home this award.
It goes without saying the rookie quarterback has been sensational in his first three starts. Through three games, Wentz has completed 64.7% of his attempts for 769 yards, five touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 103.8 passer rating. He’s a key reason why the Eagles are off to a 3-0 start.
Wentz was named NFL Rookie of the Week for his Week 1 performance against the Browns. He’s eligible for the award again this week (you can vote here) after leading the Eagles to a win over the Steelers. Wentz is clearly likely to win the honor again this week.
The Eagles obviously had high hopes for Wentz after trading up and selecting him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. But it’s hard to imagine even they expected him to be so successful so soon. Wentz was set to be inactive on game day as the third string quarterback prior to the unexpected Sam Bradford trade. If Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t suffer a gruesome knee injury shortly prior to this season, none of this would have happened.
Still, the Eagles deserve credit for bringing Wentz to Philadelphia. Doug Pederson and the coaching staff have done a great job with the rookie so far. It appears the Eagles have their next franchise quarterback. Now it’s up to Wentz and the Eagles to continue to build on their strong start to the 2016 season.