HOW DOES EAGLE CARSON WENTZ MEASURE UP TO DONOVAN MCNABB?

By Annie Ross

The Eagles selected Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick of the 1999 draft, and he turned out to have a great career, leading them to the 2005 Super Bowl (above).

Birds fans hope that Carson Wentz, also drafted at No. 2 overall in 2016, can measure up!

McNabb didn’t get his first start for the Eagles until the tenth week of the 1999 season. Here’s how the first three games of his career look like statistically:

43 completions on 85 passes, 50.5 completion percentage, three touchdowns, two interceptions, three fumbles, nine sacks, one win, two losses.

McNabb had an advantage over Wentz in the fact that he sat for nine weeks and learned the ropes. McNabb even came in for a few plays during five games before starting, just to get his feet wet. Wentz was thrown into the fire in the first week of the season after Sam Bradford was abruptly traded. Here are Wentz’s stats:

66 completions on 102 passes, 64.7 completion percentage, five touchdowns, zero interceptions, zero fumbles, four sacks, three wins, zero losses.

The rookie from North Dakota State was much more accurate in his first three games than McNabb was. McNabb turned the ball over five times compared to Wentz’s turnover-less first three games.

One thing McNabb did better than Wentz was run the football. The product of Syracuse had 133 rushing yards in his first three games as a starter, compared to Wentz’s 21 rushing yards.

Wentz has also benefited from a relatively clean pocket, as he was sacked five fewer times than McNabb was in his first three games.

It’s a tiny sample size, but overall the new face of the Eagles has had a much better debut than the old one did.

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