Eagles making some minor adjustments for Carson Wentz
PHILADELPHIA--Carson Wentz's red practice jersey and red hair made their Lincoln Financial Field debut last Sunday. "I can't imagine this place packed," said Wentz, who seemed to feel the underwhelming announced crowd of 18,276 was pretty vocal. ...
PHILADELPHIA-Carson Wentz's red practice jersey and red hair made their Lincoln Financial Field debut last Sunday.
"I can't imagine this place packed," said Wentz, who seemed to feel the underwhelming announced crowd of 18,276 was pretty vocal.
The fans saw Wentz throw pretty well, generally working with and against deep subs. He threaded a nice pass through traffic to Nelson Agholor, who is not a deep sub. Wentz took off around left end and zipped 15 yards or so, to much enthusiasm.
"It was pretty cool," said Wentz, the quarterback from North Dakota State the Eagles traded up to draft second overall this spring. "Getting in the locker room, I was like, 'all right, this is pretty nice.' Coming out here, everyone's yelling. For a practice? It's pretty sweet, to see the support, to see everybody out here. It was really exciting, and I had a lot of fun today."
Eagles coach Doug Pederson spoke of adjustments the coaches are trying to make with Wentz, to fine-tune his mechanics.
Pederson was careful to note that Wentz is "right on track, right where we want him to be" before delineating adjustments.
"Specifically, trying to keep his feet tighter to the ground. He can get a little jumpy, a little hoppy," Pederson said. "He can also be a little upright in his frame, so we 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 a little more accurate passer. You can work on those things with drill work and just the more reps you get."
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Pederson said they aren't messing with Wentz's throwing motion, really.
"Not from the upper part of his body, not a throwing mechanic, nothing like that. Just trying to make sure the lower half of his body is in a better posture," Pederson said. "Sometimes he can get a little tall, and sometimes that affects your throw. Keeping his feet tighter to the ground, where he can get the ball out faster. Sometimes, some of those (errant) balls can be the process of-because I've been there-the process of thinking about the play. And the last thing you're worried about is the throw. You're more worried about the progression of the play. Sometimes that affects the throw."
Wentz said his footwork "is getting better every day."
"The biggest thing is just feeling confident with the playbook and playing fast with it," he said. "The more mentally prepared I can be, the better my feet are gonna be, as well. So I feel pretty confident with where it's at."
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