Eagles OC Frank Reich on Carson Wentz: ‘His aptitude is off the charts’
The Philadelphia Eagles are facing quite the conundrum at the quarterback position heading into the 2016 NFL season, especially given how quickly rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is picking up the team’s offense.
Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich praised the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, specifically pointing out how impressed he is with Wentz’s “aptitude.”
“Absolutely,” Reich said recently on Sirius NFL Radio, via NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo, when asked how well Wentz is absorbing information when compared to other rookie quarterbacks. “That’s one of the reasons why we picked this guy. His aptitude is off the charts.
“I’m not sure I’ve been around a guy who has this high of an aptitude at this age. It’s really, really good. Then he has the work ethic to go along with it. He has a maturity and a class about him to understand his role and understand that he has to earn his stripes. He’s doing that and he’s doing a great job of it.”
Reich’s comments echo reports out of Philly concerning how Wentz is picking up the Eagles offense faster than Sam Bradford, the presumed starting quarterback heading into next season.
The Eagles, however, have been sending mixed messages in many respects concerning who exactly sits atop the depth chart at the quarterback position. Head coach Doug Pederson has essentially handed the starting job to Bradford — despite the ugly events that followed the Eagles’ selection of Wentz — but though he has become slightly less effusive in his comments in recent days.
Reich seemingly contradicted Pederson when he stated last month that Bradford is “probably not” the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback with the squad, although he did mention all three quarterbacks — Wentz, Bradford and Chase Daniel — deserve credit for how they’ve performed.
“It’s a really dynamic room,” Reich said. “The bar is set very high right now. It’s fun. You’ve got three good guys in the room and three good players in the room. The tape is showing it. We’ve had a lot of completions [in practice], a lot of big plays.”
But in the end, it appears Reich is most impressed with what Wentz has been able to accomplish thus far.
“Carson is very smart,” he said. “He’s picking up everything very fast. Then, physically he is a dominant athlete for the position.”