Carson Wentz's accuracy is an issue for Eagles

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By SportsRadio 94WIP

The Eagles’ offense is not the powerhouse, elite-unit it was so supposed to be for a number of reasons. Injuries. Drops. Bad play calls at times and poor play all around. The blame does not fall on the shoulder of one player or coach. 

One of the main issues, however, has been the accuracy of the quarterback. 

For as special as Carson Wentz can be in certain moments, the Eagles have struggled to string together wins or put up points this season because of his inability to do the little things consistently, and to simply deliver an accurate ball at a high rate. His poor accuracy is not only having an impact on the receivers, but also the play calling, as play calls that seemed primed to result in big plays are impacted by poor ball placement or incompletions:

Passes being knocked away at the line of scrimmage has been an issue for Wentz. This play a perfect example of a great play call by Doug being ruined bc of a simple error. Agholor has tons of room but pass by Wentz is batted down. No excuse not to be a completion. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/8oiGahzkBb

— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 20, 2019

The batted passes -- he has had 10 knocked down this season -- are an issue. Wentz is currently completing 61.2% of his passes, a dramatic drop from the 69.6% of passes he completed last year. That places him 27th in the NFL, around guys like Andy Dalton, Gardner Minshew, Kyle Allen and Josh Allen. Sometimes a stat can be misleading, but there are more than enough examples of Wentz missing easy throws, or making easy completions tough, to backup him being at the bottom of the league in completion percentage. 

According to Pro Football Reference, of the 32 quarterbacks that qualify by taking enough snaps, Wentz is 31st out of 32 in percentage of passes that are on target. Of his 343 passes, 61 were deemed “bad throws” by Pro Football Reference, which is eighth most in the league. Neither of those stats have anything to do with drops — they are simply about Wentz’s accuracy, or lack thereof so far this season. 

Speaking of drops, there is no denying that they have been an issue for the Eagles. Wentz has seen 20 of his passes dropped, per Pro Football Reference, fifth most in the NFL. The drops, however, are not an excuse for his struggles in the passing game. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has had more passes dropped (22) and a larger percentage of his passes dropped. He has also attempted two fewer passes. Despite that, he has more yards, more touchdowns, a higher completion percentage and a higher passer rating. 

Wentz’s accuracy issues have mainly come in two ways — the bail sailing on him and making easy catches tougher. 

Like drops, poor passes can be subjective. Still, after re-watching all Wentz's 343 pass attempts, here examples of Wentz turning what should be an easy completion into an incompletion: 

Would have been a 1st-down with the ball at the 15 if this is completed: pic.twitter.com/W5hrXLIUbx

— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 21, 2019

Hollins is open, but the pass is late and too far outside: pic.twitter.com/y4lKZQFA0q

— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 21, 2019

Miles Sanders has been great after the catch recently. This could have been first down with a pass that hits him in stride pic.twitter.com/je02QuyJAK

— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 21, 2019

Easy completion sails over Agholor's head despite full extension: pic.twitter.com/KzXag8q7qg

— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 21, 2019

Another third-down play that isn't converted because of a poor pass: pic.twitter.com/t7HGeGtisG

— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 21, 2019

The Eagles can change the wide receivers, and they can design better plays, but until Wentz becomes a more consistent passer and works on his accuracy, the offense is always going to struggle -- and the wins are going to be hard to come by.   

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!