Carson Wentz Recycling Plays From North Dakota State Days

This touchdown had everything but Carson Wentz and Corey Clement wearing green and yellow North Dakota State Bison jerseys.

Wentz's third-quarter touchdown pass to Clement Monday night, which gave the Eagles a 24-10 lead over the Redskins on their way to a 34-24 win, came on a play Wentz borrowed from his college playbook.

"That worked out well," Clement said. "He needs to bring more plays from North Dakota State."

Wentz said the play is one he felt comfortable with in college and generally worked in college, so why not try it here? 

"It's been effective, it's got good answers kind of all over the field," he said. "We mix it up with different things, too. It's not the same play every time, but it's something that fits us well."

Wentz said it's not that unusual for him or the other quarterbacks to make suggestions or bring in plays from previous stops.

"Nick (Foles) brings plays from offenses he used to be a part of, everybody's got plays that they love, and we can just have that open dialogue, that open conversation about what we like, why we think it's effective," Wentz said.

"Sometimes they get in the gameplan, sometimes they don't, but that's just the cool part of having a bunch of smart guys that know the game. When they all come together in that quarterback room, there's a lot of ideas flowing."

This is a 24-year-old, second-year quarterback with 23 starts under his belt that's suggesting plays to Doug Pederson and Frank Reich, who have a combined 47 years of NFL playing and coaching experience.

But this isn't an ordinary 24-year-old quarterback. Wentz is playing at an MVP level, and his knowledge and understanding of the offense is so deep that when he speaks, Pederson and Reich listen.


"Sometimes plays have a good mojo for you, you've had a lot of success, you've got a lot of confidence in them," Reich said. "I think what happens when you run a play over and over again, you see it against all kinds of different coverages, you see it against different coverage techniques and leverage that defenders play, and really good quarterbacks learn how to beat any coverage when they have one play that they really like, and you feel like you can't stop the play. 

"And even as we've repped that play, and we have different variations of that play so teams can't zero in on it and ways to disguise it and ways to counter off of that play, but even in practice when we run the versions of that play, you can just see Carson just work the progressions and get to every receiver in the progression. 

"I mean, literally all five receivers have caught that ball in practice and have caught that on that particular route."

Clement was Wentz's last option Monday night, but it didn't matter that Clement's an undrafted running back who only caught only two touchdowns in college. 

Wentz went his way, and Clement made a circus TD catch.

"You can tell the type of trust they have in Carson," Clement said. "It's pretty awesome. They're open to all the suggestions that he has, all the corrections he thinks he might see on the field, especially after practice, and it just goes to show you the growth that he's made since he got here."

Wentz said there have been times he's actually gotten in touch with the North Dakota State football office and had them send him film of specific plays so he can relay the details to his coaches.

"Then we can run it in practice and I can convince them," he said. "It's cool to have that relationship, that dynamic with Coach Reich, with Coach Pederson, that they respect my opinion when I bring them things like that. 

"I just love that relationship, that we can just bring up those ideas."

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