Philadelphia Eagles: Golden Tate is a fitting reward for Carson Wentz

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Carson Wentz’s nearly flawless play for the Philadelphia Eagles has been met with criticism, but Golden Tate’s addition will finally reward his strong play.

Criticism seems odd when it’s directed at a player that has been near perfect, but of course, winning dictates almost every narrative. Although Carson Wentz became the first quarterback in Philadelphia Eagles history to record a passer rating of 115.0 or more in four consecutive games, the two losses in that four-game stretch has been pinned on the third-year quarterback.

How frustrating is that?

To be playing at an incredibly high level, only to be questioned on your ability to win games. For Wentz, those frustrations have been evident. Usually composed, the Eagles franchise quarterback has been visibly upset on-and-off the field.

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For as efficient as Wentz has been, he has not been rewarded for it because of the inefficiency of the rest of the offense. This season, Wentz is averaging 5.9 completed air yards. For the season, the Eagles are averaging 9.7 yards per completed pass. That means the Eagles are averaging 3.8 yards after the catch. (For comparison, Joe Flacco averages six completed air yards while the Ravens average 10.5 yards per completion.)

Here’s another way of putting this into perspective: In a loss 21-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Wentz completed 30 of his 37 pass attempts and had only two touchdowns. Imagine if Patrick Mahomes or Jared Goff were to have 30 completions in a game. There’s an excellent chance those two would have more than just two touchdowns because of the ability for their receivers to make big plays after a catch.

So, it’s easy to see why Wentz would be frustrated. The only reason the offense continues to move the ball is because of a stellar 70.7 completion percentage from the 25-year old QB. He is not getting any help from the rest of the offense.

Now enter Golden Tate. What do you need to know most about the 30-year old receiver? Well, he leads all receivers in yards after the catch since 2014.

Tate is the explosive player that the Eagles have been missing all season.

Off the top of your head, can you remember the last an Eagles receiver caught a short pass and made a big play out of it? It’s hard to come up with many examples this season. That’s the kind of play the Eagles can expect to get out of Tate.

When you add that kind of receiver to what the Eagles already have in Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholor, it opens up many new possibilities for the offense in the passing attack.

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Simply put, Tate is the receiver that is finally going to get Wentz rewarded, and praised, for his flawless performances this season.