Carson Wentz is making this whole rookie quarterback thing look easy. He’s completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 468 yards and three touchdowns, he’s yet to throw an interception, and, most important, he’s 2-0.
If you’re surprised by any of this, well, Hollis “Tank” Thomas isn’t.
“It hasn’t been that (surprising) to me because I’ve been privy to the practices and (able to) see what the kid can do,” the 14-year NFL veteran and current Philadelphia 94.1 host said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s kind of weird to see a young kid be the way he is. I almost call him unfadeable because it doesn’t seem like any moment was too big for him.”
Wentz’s first NFL series resulted in a nine-play, 75-yard drive that he capped with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Thomas said. “Initially you think he’s going to be mesmerized because he’s from a small school and stuff, and he comes in and he does exactly what I kind of thought he was going to do. Everybody else was saying that he wasn’t going to play this year. From what I gathered from the kid and what I’ve seen, I didn’t think they was going to be able to hold him off the entire season, talking about not playing him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he supplanted the chumps that they had in front of him.”
Those “chumps” would be Chase Daniel and Sam Bradford.
“No disrespect to Chase Daniel, but he hadn’t really played in the NFL, (and) I have kind of a disdain for Samantha Bradford,” Thomas said, mocking the Minnesota quarterback. “It’s like you only get so many opportunities to do things. Put it this way: When people ask about your skill set and they start making excuses for why you didn’t do good, then you know it’s time to jump (ship). So once I actually saw the kid and I saw (what he could do, I was impressed). It’s been his dream to be a quarterback in the NFL. When you have a dream like that and you get here and you’re still unfadebale like he was, it’s pretty much your destiny.”
Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1995 to 2005, has also been impressed with first-year head coach Doug Pederson, who has returned the franchise to NFL normalcy after the Chip Kelly experiment.
“It’s an NFL team,” Thomas said. “Chip Kelly was running (a college program). It looks like an actual NFL team now. There’s communication between men. I hope he learned from what happened here. You’re coaching men; you’re not coaching kids. That was, I think, one of the main disconnects and not paying attention to what your players are saying. When you run the same plays over and over again, you had the formula at first and you had the players to do the simple stuff that you was doing. But then when you dismantle the thing and (start) thinking that it’s your system – no, it was the players you had. So you kind of got to get off your high horse. I hope he’s gotten off his high horse.”