By Max Harper

Mike Kaye is the lead NFL reporter for Pro Football Network, and he has a unique perspective on Carson Wentz, having covered him for three seasons when he was an Eagles’ beat reporter.

Here’s Kaye’s perspective from his “Kaye’s Take(aways) column:

As a former beat writer who covered Wentz for three years in Philadelphia, I wasn’t expecting the QB to light up practice on Day 2 of Commanders camp.

Wentz wasn’t a stellar practice player while I covered him — following his knee surgery during the 2017 season — so it was unsurprising to see him struggle mightily in Ashburn, Va. last Thursday (July 28).

While the Commanders’ QBs were relatively efficient during individual work with their receivers and tight ends, they were a collective mess in team drills.

Wentz had a trio of throws to nowhere during 11-on-11 work. He also missed a few receivers high during competitive reps. To be fair to Wentz, the Washington defense was sensational during the day of work, and there were quite a few pass breakups.

It’s important to note that during the first week of camp, the defense will typically outperform the offense. That trope was proven correct for the Commanders, Eagles, and Jets last week, so this wasn’t completely a Wentz issue.

Wentz is learning his third new offense in as many years, and while Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson are probably the best wideout duo he’s had during his career, it’ll still take time to find chemistry.

In a positive sign, Wentz battled back from his early blunders and made an epic 30-yard strike down the field to Dotson, which looked absolutely effortless. In Philly, Wentz had a habit of struggling for a chunk of practice before making a throw that maybe eight to 10 QBs can make in the NFL. And that’s the allure of Wentz.

He’s incredibly gifted physically, but the question — at least since 2018 — has been “Can he put it all together mentally?” Head coach Ron Rivera believes Wentz is processing the offense well. The issue for Wentz will be putting his “hero ball” tendencies in check when the game is on the line.

Again, Wentz isn’t a top-tier practice performer, and he has plenty of time to find his groove with his intriguing weapons.

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