Night net It was the Start From Scratch Bowl at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday. Yet of the two quarterbacks who did not play an Night net snap last season, on the two teams that tore things down to build them up again, the Eagles’ Carson Wentz looked like he had started out further up than his counterpart.Wentz d
idn't just look solid compared to the Browns’ Robert Griffin III, either. The rookie, the second overall pick, the one with the slim body of work for such a high pick, made the Eagles brain trust look brilliant. MORE: Week 1 Night net scores, statsIt’s too early to say the Eagles nailed it with Wentz, by trading up to get him and by trading Sam Bradford to free up the starting job for him so soon. It’s one game. But it was one efficient and effective game that showcased much of what scouts have been saying since before the Combine last winter. The Eagles won the 2016 opener, 29-10, and Wentz played as if he’d been there before — or, at least, as if he didn’t need much time to get acclimated. Stats don’t tell everything, but they tell something, and no interceptions, two touchdowns and 278 yards passing says a lot.Best thing about Carson Wentz? Was 8/8 against the blitz. Last season Eagles QBs completed 51% vs blitz. T-3rd worst in Night net— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 12, 2016Claiming, "But it was against the Browns" ignores the fact that the Eagles were dismantled by new management, too. There was nothing about the Howie Roseman-Doug Pederson regime that gave it the upper hand on the Sashi Brown-Hue Jackson duo — including the fact that the Eagles got Wentz’s rights from the Browns for picks that basically restructured their roster.The catch was that the Eagles were prepared for growing pains once they had gotten a first-round pick from the Vikings last week for Bradford, boosted Wentz over Chase Daniel, and rolled the dice even after he missed the last three preseason games with an injured rib.MORE: Should rookie QBs start or sit?Pederson didn’t exactly say, “I told you so." Well, actually …"It’s not surprising," he said afterward, "because of us and myself being around him for so long now, and just knowing the maturity level that he has, and the things that I was trying to get across to the fans, to the media — this is who he is. This is his DNA."Pederson earned that.The touch Wentz showed on the touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, who showed more promise than production previously in Philadelphia, illustrated how caught up he was. The fourth-down conversion in the third quarter proved Pederson was not playing it safe with him at all.On fourth-and-4 at the Browns 40, with the Eagles up 15-10, Pederson passed on a field goal try or punt and kept the offense on the field. Wentz hit Zach Ertz for the first down, and connected with Agholor on the next play to put things essentially out of reach.MORE: What stood out in Week 1"I was pretty excited that he had the faith in me to call the fourth-and-4 play and put us in that situation,” Wentz said. As for going for the end zone on the next play, he added, "Obviously, staying on the field was huge and then we took a shot right away."The Eagles acted all offseason like a team making a clean break from the recent past. On Sunday, they put it into action, and Wentz made it work faster than anyone expected … except the Eagles themselves.