Over a week into training camp, Carson Wentz has had his fair share of rookie moments.
He’s also shown flashes of brilliance, illustrating why the Eagles moved up to the No. 2 pick to take him. Such is the path of a young talented rookie.
Head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo are charged with developing the future of the franchise. And they’ve been working with Wentz plenty.
What, specifically, are the Eagles working on with Wentz?
“Specifically trying to keep his feet tighter to the ground,” Pederson said. “He can get a little jumpy, a little hoppy. He can also be a little upright in his frame, so try to keep him in a bent posture a little bit, and then just his knowledge and understanding of the offense, being able to anticipate and become an accurate – a little more accurate passer.
“He can work on those things with drill work and just the more reps he gets, he'll be more comfortable with those. There are just a couple things we're doing with him.”
During practices, dating back to spring, Wentz has shown a propensity for overthrowing the ball and for taking more shots downfield than the other two quarterbacks. At times, his passes wobble.
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But the Eagles are seeing growth, which is what they care about right now.
“He continues to work on the things that continue to make him get better,” vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. “His transformation just from minicamp to now, you could see the things the coaches gave him to work on, which was a very specific skill set. And he’s working on them.
“He’s obviously a rookie and some of this is new. This is new to him and being around some of these guys that are playing defensively is new to him, but he’s like a sponge. He’s got great work ethic and a really great temperament and I think that will serve him well as we go forward.”