By Sam Bush

NFL coaches typically exaggerate when discussing their draft picks’ potential.

But Eagles newbie head Doug Pederson may have gone a bit overboard.

When Pederson was asked who Carson Wentz reminds him of, the Eagles head coach shot for the stars.

“A little bit of Brett Favre, honestly,” said Pederson. “He’s got that mentality, he’s got that aggressiveness that Brett had. Those are some of the skill sets that I see in Carson — that aggression, that ability to throw the ball down the field. And listen, I love quarterbacks that are willing to take a chance, take a calculated risk down the field. Favre was that way, and I see a lot of those same characteristics in Carson.”

High praise being linked to the 11-time Pro Bowler and first-ballot Hall of Famer — praise that hit home for the 23-year-old out of North Dakota.

“It’s pretty unbelievable hearing that,” said Wentz during a conference call with the Philly media. “Growing up, Favre has always been my favorite guy to watch — just his mentality, the way he played the game, the way he approached the game; had fun with it; his grittiness, hard-working attitude. I just loved everything about watching him play. And being compared, obviously I have a long way to go, but it’s pretty cool hearing that.

More from Pederson:

“I love his aggressiveness when he’s running out of the pocket. I think it’s part of who he is, it’s part of his chemistry, but in the National Football League there is going to come a time when you have to get down or out of bounds. And those are some things that he’ll learn as he goes.

“Other than that, he’s got the skill set. Timing and accuracy are always things that you continue to work on from an NFL perspective, speed of the game, all of those things you learn as a young quarterback. I was one of those guys 100 years ago and you catch up really fast.”


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