Baldinger: Wentz throwing like 2017 version thanks to Fulgham


Carson Wentz may rank dead last in passer rating this season, but he looked sharp when throwing to Travis Fulgham last Sunday against the Steelers. For Brian Baldinger of NFL Network, the relationship summoned the MVP-caliber play from Wentz from just a few years ago.

"He hasn't thrown the ball this good since 2017 when he throws to [Fulgham]," said Baldinger on Marks & Reese on Wednesday afternoon.

"There was a stretch in the second half of that game last Sunday when he threw it to him six times in a row. For whatever reason, he completely trusts him. The ball comes out on time, it's thrown with anticipation… Now I thought he threw the ball the best he's thrown it in a long time when they were down 31-14 and they had to play catch up. That to me is encouraging."

The numbers indicate something similar as well. According to PFF, Wentz's passer rating when target Fulgham was 158.3. That number dipped to 64.6 when he targeted anyone else.

"Pittsburgh has a good defense, and they couldn't really do anything to stop them," continued Balinger. "The throw down the middle of the field in the seam, that's Minkah Fitzpatrick territory, and it was a dime. I haven't seen Carson throw the ball like that in a long time."

With DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery returning from injury within the next week or two, the competition for snaps and targets grows. Doug Pederson said in his press conference on Wednesday it would be hard to push Fulgham to the side when the veteran receivers return. As Balinger notes, it seems like Wentz has found the one guy he can trust.

"He has more confidence in him than any other player."