Better NFL Comeback: Deshaun Watson or Carson Wentz?
By Brandon Ray
Special to Pro Football Guru
Quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson were on their way to possible NFL MVP seasons in 2017. But that ended for both due to a pair of unfortunate season-ending ACL injuries. Wentz tore his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 and Watson went down in the week heading into Week 9 of the season. After both the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans lost their respective signal-callers, the teams went in completely opposite directions. The Birds emerged as Super Bowl LII champions. Meanwhile, Houston lost eight of its nine final games, ending the season with a 4-12 record.
Watson and Wentz have both looked very well in training camp, but the biggest difference between the two could be when they get back on the field. If he stays on track, Watson should be back to face the New England Patriots in Week 1. On the other hand, Wentz could come be ready for the team’s opening-night tilt with the Atlanta Falcons or the team could play it safe.
Watson finished his rookie season with 1,699 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions while hitting on 61.8 percent of his throws. Mind you, this is through seven games. Wentz finished the season with 3,296 yards through the air, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 60.2 completion percentage. For comparison’s sake, Wentz racked up 1,852 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions through seven games last season.
Certainly, both have the opportunity to pick up where they left off last season. But there seem to be more questions surrounding the Eagles’ signal-caller than the Texans’ quarterback. And that may put Watson (who developed a very quick rapport with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins) on the better track for a bounce back year.