PHILADELPHIA -- Add Peyton Manning to the growing list of high-end quarterbacks that Carson Wentz has been compared favorably to.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson evoked Manning’s name during his day-after press conference when asked about Wentz’s study habits.
“He loves watching tape. He and the quarterbacks, Chase [Daniel], they’re in here at 5:30 in the morning watching film. They’re exhausting the tape," Pederson said. "I hear him just even in the building talking to guys about plays and routes and protections. It’s Peyton Manning-ish.
"You hate to label -- I don’t want to put labels on guys -- but that’s how Peyton prepared, that’s how these top quarterbacks prepare each week. He has that now as a young quarterback, and that will just carry him throughout his career.”
That quote certainly won’t slow the growing hype surrounding the young signal-caller, who has thrown five touchdowns to zero interceptions to help the Eagles jump out to a 3-0 start.
Wentz has already been linked to a number of quarterback greats. Offensive tackle Jason Peters said that Wentz can throw it just as good as Aaron Rodgers on the run. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said that physically Wentz reminds him of a combination of Andrew Luck and Jim Kelly. Pederson was one of many to draw parallels between the play of Wentz and the QB opposite him this past Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger.
And now Manning has been referenced. That’s some pretty strong company to be linked to after just three games.
The attention, expectations and adulation will only grow if Wentz and the Eagles keep up this kind of play.
“I think he’s going to be fine,” Pederson said. “It’s the number one challenge for all of us, and I speak for myself, too, when I say that we’ve got to stay humble through this whole thing. And the season is very young, only three games in, a lot of football left as you know, and we just take them one at a time.”
Pederson was asked if that’s something he needs to talk to Wentz about.
“I think he gets it, personally, just being around him. But yeah, we’ll definitely have those conversations, not only this week but as we go," Pederson said. "And it’s my job to shelter him from all the outside noise, from people pulling on his time, because the bottom line is we’ve gotta keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s football. And he’s done a great job so far and I expect the same going forward.”