Rookie quarterbacks aren’t always the most trustworthy guys to lead a team, but every once in a while, a first-year player comes along and displays veteran poise while providing good numbers despite his rookie status. The Philadelphia Eagles may have such a quarterback in Carson Wentz, who had another sensational game as the Eagles routed the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday night.

Wentz survived Steelers’ bruising defense and still broke a record

As the Eagles’ first two games of the 2016 NFL season were against weak-to-mediocre teams – the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears – many expressed doubts that Wentz would keep his hot streak going against the Steelers and their tough defense.

In all, Wentz completed 23 of his 31 passes for 301 yards, and threw for two touchdown passes with no interceptions, easily outplaying the Steelers’ star QB Ben Roethlisberger, who went 24-for-44 for 257 yards and got picked off once and sacked four times.

For the season so far, Wentz is looking like one of the top candidates for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft has thrown for 769 yards and four touchdowns in his first three games, and now holds the record for most career-starting pass attempts without an interception, beating the record set in 2002 by the Dallas Cowboys’ Chad Hutchinson.

Wentz “can put the ball anywhere.”

Again, it may seem difficult to trust a rookie quarterback, due to the boom-or-bust nature of the position, and how so many touted signal-callers, e.g.

Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, etc., fell into the latter category during their playing days. But Carson Wentz has clearly gained the trust of his teammates, as well as his coaches on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tight end Brent Celek told USA TODAY Sports that Wentz had been an inspiration to him, and someone who has “(added) youth” to his game through his actions and his confidence in leading the team.

Center Jason Kelce added that Wentz has been the “most consistent” player in the Eagles’ first three games, and has been responsible for taking the team’s offense to a new level. And in the same set of quotes from USA TODAY, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said that his rookie quarterback is capable of “(putting) the ball anywhere” and forcing defenses to cover the entire football field.

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