Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:44pm
"Carson Wentz was on fire Sunday. He was absolutely dropping dimes to his receivers on deep balls. He threw a perfect pass to Jordan Matthews over Malcolm Jenkins. His pass to Torrey Smith deep down the sideline was perfect, too. Perhaps the best pass of the day came when Wentz threaded the needle to Trey Burton down the middle of the field with three defenders near him. Burton might have gotten lit up in an actual game, but the ball couldn't have been placed any better."
Zangaro notes Wentz's accuracy on deep balls is a consistent theme this camp, but his throws Sunday were "shockingly good".
In his rookie season, Wentz finished as QB24 with 13.1 fantasy points per game, after only throwing for 6.23 yards per attempt (29th among qualified quarterbacks), 62.4% completion percentage (18th) and 79.3 passer rating (25th). The Eagles went out and upgraded his pass catchers by signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, which should help with his fantasy production in year two. 4for4 Associate Editor TJ Hernandez notes: "Smith ranks eighth among qualifying receivers in career red zone touchdown rate and Alshon has been slightly above average inside the 20 as well. A bolstered receiving corps along with Jordan Matthews, who is quietly one of the better red zone targets in the league (34.1% career red zone touchdown rate), should result in Wentz approaching at least league average scoring rates." Wentz could be a viable streaming option in one QB leagues and a potential steady contributor in two QB leagues.
While Alshon Jeffery had a really good day, Torrey Smith was even better. Plenty of folks have wondered if the 28-year-old has much left. On Friday, he looked plenty good, making several nice catches.
The first came on an absolute gem of a throw from Carson Wentz. The others were against tight coverage. In 11-on-11s, Smith jumped in front of Jalen Mills and then Patrick Robinson on the next play. Smith showed the ability to come back to the ball, something the Eagles' receivers rarely did last season.
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The story said Jeffery was catching everything today and suggested Wentz may have been testing his range with throws behind him and low - but Jeffery snagged them all. On paper, the Eagles have a nice mix at WR. As long as Smith provides a deep threat, Jeffery and Jordan Matthews could play the role of possession WRs.
North Dakota does not pop up on many lists of the best places for summer travel, but the state is getting a boost to this year’s numbers.
They have native son Carson Wentz to thank for that. Several Eagles receivers put posts on social media Sunday regarding travel to Fargo — Alshon Jeffery can ask Nelson Agholor about a burger recommendation — for some pre-camp work with Wentz.
Outside of the location, there’s nothing unusual about the Eagles getting together to work on their own ahead as many teams have players making similar arrangements.
The story didn't mention which WRs were there outside of Jeffery and Smith, but Matthews and Agholor made the trip last year. Of course, Jeffery and Smith are new additions, so any extra time Wentz can spend with these guys will be a great help to everyone's fantasy production in 2017.
Zach Ertz led the Eagles in catches last season, and over the last four seasons he has caught a whopping 247 catches. He has caught at least 75 passes in each of the past two seasons, while Alshon Jeffery hasn't caught over 55 passes since 2014.
Combine Ertz's proven track record of production with the fact he probably has more on-field chemistry with Carson Wentz than any other player on the roster, and it would be surprising if Ertz didn't lead the team in catches this season.
Smith was a poor fit in San Francisco given the 49ers' QB woes. Prior to leaving Baltimore, Smith was remarkably consistent, finishing in the #23-#30 range in each of his first four seasons. He's only 28, and he can still fly, but it remains to be seen if he's a good fit for Carson Wentz's inconsistent deep ball. One thing's for sure -- he should have plenty of opportunity to play in Philadelphia.
Still just 28 years old, Smith should get a fresh start elsewhere.
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