Just eight days after Sam Bradford’s trade to the Minnesota Vikings made him a surprise opening week starter, Carson Wentz lined up behind center for the Philadelphia Eagles, facing the home crowd on Sunday as he prepared for his first NFL start. And he didn’t disappoint, going 22-for-37 for 278 yards and throwing for two touchdowns with no interceptions as the Eagles routed the Cleveland Browns, 29-10.

Wentz stayed relaxed in NFL debut game

From the get-go, it appeared that Wentz, the second pick in the 2016 NFL draft out of North Dakota State, was confident and relaxed. He connected on four out of five passes for 57 yards in the Eagles’ first drive, and ended that drive with a touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews.

Later on in the game, Wentz struck again, turning a fourth-and-4 situation into a first down by passing to tight end Zach Ertz. He then threw the ball to wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who scored on a 35-yard touchdown and gave Wentz his second touchdown pass of the game.

After the Browns game, Wentz admitted that he’s not the type to get nervous before a game, preferring to calm down by listening to some worship music and just “(going) out and (having) fun” on the field.

Meanwhile, Cleveland’s starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was just as underwhelming as Wentz was impressive. Griffin, who was signed earlier this year after being waived by the Washington Redskins, went just 12-for-26 for 190 yards, didn’t throw any touchdown passes, and got intercepted once.

He was also sacked thrice for a loss of 22 yards, finishing with a QB rating of 55.0, or slightly less than half of Wentz’s 101.0 QB rating.

Pressure is on RG3 to contribute

Of course, it’s too early to say whether Carson Wentz will become Hall of Fame material. In fact, many were expecting an eventual trip to Canton when Griffin, also a second-overall draft pick, had a brilliant rookie season and won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 for the Washington Redskins.

But injuries and perceived bad attitude had stalled Griffin’s progress, and by 2015, he was healthy, but listed as a third-stringer behind Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy.

Sunday’s game against the Eagles was a reminder of how far the mighty had fallen, as RG3 failed to show why the Cleveland Browns made him their Week 1 starting quarterback.

At 26, he still has youth on his side, but a few more mediocre to bad games just might force the Browns to go with the aging, yet dependable Josh McCown, or untested 2016 third-round pick Cody Kessler. If Griffin doesn’t get his act together soon, it might not be long before the one-time superstar in the making joins Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, and other high-profile college quarterbacks who turned out to be NFL busts.

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