The base of Carson Wentz’s overwhelming attention is somewhat of a mystery, but nonetheless, he has separated himself from many of the other passers in the class to NFL teams. Wentz’s arm talent and knack for big throws have been his calling cards throughout his career, which brings us to his five best throws of the 2015 season.
*Throws are in no particular order*
This is a pretty throw, plain and simple. From the far hash mark, Wentz drops a 40 yard dime over a defender. Wentz just had to take a short drop, step back up into the pocket and let loose. The process of this play was ordinary as could be, but that level of placement is impressive regardless of the situation.
Wentz has, in a sense, a shortened field to work with on this throw. He must get the ball well over the defenders, but also make sure not to put so much air under the ball that it soars out of the back of the end zone. Wentz does just that. There is plenty of arc and velocity on the ball to get beyond the two trailing defenders, but the ball still drops just before the back end of the end zone. As if the throw itself weren’t enough, this sparked the beginning of a stunning NDSU comeback.
In regards to nothing but placement, this is Wentz’s best throw. He thread the needle between three defenders roughly 30 yards down the middle of the field. Of course, having the ball placement to hit a moving target this well from that far out is impressive in its own right, let alone how much velocity Wentz has to put on the ball to ensure a defender can’t get to it. This ball gets to the target just over two defenders and just under the deep safety. There is no way Wentz could have made this throw any better. And yet, his receiver can’t hold on to it.
Wentz did the damn thing. Throw No.2 was the beginning of NDSU’s comeback, and this throw was the finishing touch. Speaking purely about ball placement, this was not Wentz’s best. The situation was terribly pressing, though. There was less than a minute left and NDSU was down by four points, forcing them to score a touchdown to go ahead. Wentz appeared to know exactly where he was going with the ball from the snap, but a break in the interior of the pocket forced Wentz to adjust his release point around the defender. Adjustment be damned, Wentz still got the ball to fly a hair beyond the reach of the two defenders, allowing his man to come down with the ball and put the game away.
Wentz consistently attacks deep down the middle of the field. He has varying success doing so, but when he gets it right, the results are stunning. Wentz opens the play looking off to his left, which is more than likely why there are two defenders caught trailing underneath and to the left of Wentz’s true target. After removing those two defenders from his desired target area, Wentz directs his attention back to the middle of the field to deliver a strike. Wentz has more than enough arm talent to make teams pay for leaving room down the field from time to time, and the product is quite often a drive-changing play.