That post-practice session was nothing new for the quarterback. Even during his time at North Dakota State, his head coach Chris Klieman was impressed by Wentz’s work ethic. It’s an aspect of his character that has taken him far.
“He’s always trying to continue to master the game, learn more and more. He’s never going to tell you he has it all,” Klieman said. “That’s the neat thing. He always feels like he can get better and he always feels like there’s something more he can watch, something more he can work on to give himself the best opportunity to be successful on Sunday.”
When it came time for college, Wentz continued to follow in his brother’s footsteps and ultimately decided to attend the same school.
At North Dakota State, the quarterback was the first one to arrive at the school’s practice facility and the last one to leave on a daily basis. He studied film endlessly and worked to do anything he could to help improve his team.
Nothing has changed since then. Before he was named the Eagles’ starter, the quarterback was still doing all the little things to make sure he was mentally and physically ready. When head coach Doug Pederson announced on September 5 that Wentz would be the No. 1 quarterback, the rookie didn’t have to alter his preparation.
“I'm walking in at 5:45 this morning and he's already in the film room,” Pederson said during a press conference ahead of the team’s season opener. “That's just the type of person and that's the type of quarterback that we have. That's the type of guy that we knew we have in Carson Wentz. The way he led the huddle on Monday at practice, just what he's done in the last couple days, just getting himself ready to go just shows you the type of leader and the type of person that he is.”
While his coaches, past and present, as well as his teammates are impressed by how Wentz goes about his daily business, it isn’t something that fazes the quarterback.
In his mind, he’s just doing his job. There isn’t a reason for all the praise.
“There’s a lot of time in the film room, early mornings and some late nights. It’s just part of it,” Wentz said. “It’s part of being a student of the game and preparing. I love it. It’s understanding you want to be out there on Sundays dissecting things you’ve already seen. So, it’s just all part of it. You put in your time, but it’s definitely worth it and I enjoy it.”
While it’s still early in the quarterback’s career, and there are sure to be some bumps down the road, his first two regular season starts were memorable. Having missed so much of the preseason with a rib injury, Wentz’s level of readiness was a bit uncertain to those not constantly around him.
Would 38 snaps in one exhibition game be enough for the rookie to have a successful start to his NFL career? In the mind of his college coach, the answer was a resounding yes. Klieman remembered when the quarterback was out for eight games with a broken wrist last season. Even with the injury, Wentz didn’t miss a second of the behind-the-scenes action.
He may have been unable to suit up on Saturdays, but Wentz was still one of the hardest, most dedicated workers on the roster.