Even in the NFL, players always have room for improvement, especially after their first season. During the season, there’s usually too little time to really hone in on mechanics, which is why many players wait until the offseason or preseason to dedicate time to bettering their technique.
That’s exactly what Eagles QB Carson Wentz set out to do in February:
All about that base. Carson Wentz fine tuned footwork this offseason. Minor? Perhaps, but it was needed. My column:https://t.co/bXrSvbgSNS
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 18, 2017
While the rookie had a decent first season overall, earning a QB rating of 79.3 percent, he was shaky during the middle of the season, only able to put up a rating of 70.1 percent over a 2-6 span. This triggered his move to see mechanics specialist Adam Dedeaux.
Wentz himself told reporters that the change to his footwork will not be too noticeable, and is only meant to make his play smoother and more efficient. However, this small change in technique could easily lead to big changes in performance.
As this Twitter user pointed out, if quarterbacks really do improve the most between their first and second seasons, this extra work will bode incredibly well for Carson and the Eagles:
They say QBs make the biggest jump from year 1 to year 2… If so, I cannot wait to watch year 2 Carson Wentz. pic.twitter.com/G4f0OdG5Q3
— Eagles Fan Problems (@EagleFanProbs) April 15, 2017
Over the course of training camps and the preseason, we’ll be sure to see how the changed footwork benefits Wentz.