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Favre, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who threw for NFL records of 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns, said Tuesday he was impressed with Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who on Monday night became the first quarterback in NFL history to win his first two career starts and not throw an interception in either one.
Wentz, a third-stringer until a month ago, has three touchown passes and no interceptions or fumbles in wins over the Browns and Bears.
“Pretty impressed,” Favre said. “I thought he handled himself the last two weeks with a lot of poise. … He (and not Jay Cutler) looked like the 10-year veteran.
“I think Philly is still without committing a turnover. And going into Chicago, whether Chicago is playing great or not so great, is a tough place to play, especially for a young kid. But I thought he handled himself extremely well. I’m impressed with him. “
Doug Pederson and Favre were together for seven years with the Packers – 1996 through 1998 and again 2001 through 2004 – and they have remained friends since.
“I’m a little biased to Doug because he and I are really good friends and we go way back,” Favre said. “He was a teammate and a great friend of mine for a long time and still is, so I am a little biased, but I have to admit, the play-calling and design - and [Jon] Gruden touched on that last night – I thought was really good and it also fit what Carson does well.”
Wentz has completed 61 percent of his passes for 468 yards with to go along with those three touchdowns and no interceptions or fumbles.
Favre didn’t complete a pass during his rookie year, which he spent with the Falcons.