Passing Game Poised To Take A Big Step Forward In 2017 – Philadelphia Eagles News

Passing Game Poised To Take A Big Step Forward In 2017 – Philadelphia Eagles News

The Eagles finished 24th in the league in passing yards last season. Carson Wentz had a passer rating of 79.3 and only threw for 16 touchdowns. He averaged just 6.2 yards per passing attempt. The receivers only averaged 10 yards per catch and had way too many dropped passes. The passing game needed a lot of work.

The coaches and front office knew they had to make changes. They brought in Nick Foles and Matt McGloin to improve the quarterback room. The front office made sure to improve the depth on the offensive line. The team made big moves at receiver, signing free agents Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. Doug Pederson hired a new receivers coach in Mike Groh, hoping he could get the holdover players to improve their level of play.

So far, the changes look like they are paying off – in a big way.

Wentz had the best practice of his young career on Saturday. He was 15-for-15 in a 7-on-7 drill, making smart reads and accurate throws. Wentz spread the ball around, going short and deep, left and right. This wasn’t a case of Wentz throwing a bunch of short passes. This wasn’t a case of Wentz feeding the ball to one receiver over and over. This was a quarterback in control of his offense. Wentz found the open receiver and got him the ball. He threw into tight coverage a couple of times, giving his receivers a chance to make plays. You love to see a quarterback who has confidence that his receivers will find a way to win even when a defender is right there.

This wasn’t an isolated practice. Wentz was up and down early in the spring but got better as the Organized Team Activities…

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