As Colts head coach Frank Reich started preparing to face Jets QB Sam Darnold, he couldn't help but notice some similarities between the Jets' QB and Carson Wentz, who he coached during his time as offensive coordinator of the Eagles.
"It feels like a little bit of the same personality; it's not too big from the standpoint of intellectually, but also emotionally, the game's not too big," Reich said, per the NY Post. "Physically, just being able to make the throws, and some of the athleticism."
Wentz, who suffered a torn ACL in the final weeks of the regular season last year, finally returned under center for the Eagles in Week 3 and has totaled five touchdowns and one interception.
Darnold has thrown seven touchdown passes and six interceptions for 1,066 yards in his first five NFL games. The third overall pick threw a career-best three touchdowns in his team's win over the Broncos last week.
The Jets' rookie QB has especially caught Reich's attention because he has shown that he can be mobile when necessary.
"I haven't evaluated Sam's athleticism compared to someone like Carson or Andrew [Luck], but you see he's making good plays with his feet -- now that honestly surprised me a little bit," Reich said. "I didn't know he was as good of an athlete, running the ball as well."
Reich further added that Darnold "just looks like the real deal" and that "just looks like he belongs."
"It's funny, you see certain quarterbacks, they just have a look and feel to them on the field, and I think you see that in Sam," Reich said.