Eagles’ Doug Pederson Believes Carson Wentz Still Can Be ‘Exceptional’ QB

Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million extension last season

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December 9, 2020

It’s been a tough season for Carson Wentz.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has struggled this season, and his stats show it. Wentz has thrown an NFL-worst 15 interceptions while his indecisiveness in the pocket has got him sacked 50 times.

Despite the Eagles’ 3-8-1 record and Wentz being benched for rookie Jalen Hurts ahead of their upcoming Week 14 game, Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson still believes the QB can be “exceptional.”

“I think Carson Wentz can be an exceptional quarterback in this league. He’s proven that,” Pederson said, via The Athletic’s Zach Berman. “Just get back to being Carson Wentz, back on track. That’s my focus with him.”

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Philadelphia stick with Wentz beyond the 2020 season mainly because of his massive contract. The Eagles would have $59.2 million in dead cap space should they cut ties with Wentz during the offseason.

It’s probably safe to say they don’t want to do that.

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