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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) looks to the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) ***FILE**more
- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Carson WentzsNFLcareer has been far from uneventful. In fact, its been a roller coaster.
Now, the formerPhiladelphia EaglesandIndianapolis Coltssignal-caller is going to bringhisunpredictable ways to Washington.
So, it seems fitting to remind Commanders fans about the good, the bad and the ugly of the quarterback their team just acquired.
Playing Washington:Carson Wentzhas been better against Washington than any teamhes played more than twice inhiscareer. In eight games against Washington,Wentzis 5-3 with a 66% completion rate and 17 touchdowns versus six interceptions.
In fact, arguably Wentzs best game inhissix-year career came against the Redskins in 2017. On Monday Night Football,Wentztorched Washington for four touchdowns in a 34-24 win, throwing for 268 yards and adding 63 withhislegs.
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@cj_wentzhas great mobility.Wentz: 153 QB scramble yards=2nd best!(R. Wilson-154)9 QB scrambles for 1st down= 1st inNFL
High ceiling:Its been more than four years, butWentzwas once considered one of the top young quarterbacks in theNFL. Before Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen took over the league,Wentzin 2017 was not just on the rise buthewas an MVP frontrunner.
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Leading theEaglesto an 11-2 record and the eventual No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs,Wentzled theNFLin ESPNs QBR and tossed 33 touchdowns. ButhetorehisACL in Week 14, giving way for Nick Foles to lead Philadelphia to the Lombardi Trophy.
Turnovers:For much of his time in theNFLWentzhas struggled with protecting the football. In 85 starts,Wentzhas thrown 57 interceptions and lost 28 of 66 fumbles averaging exactly one turnover per game.
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Wentzhas eight games inhiscareer with three-plus turnovers, none worse than in Week 11 of the 2018 season. About two months afterhereturned fromhistorn ACL,Wentzhad the worst performance ofhiscareer tossing no touchdowns and being picked off three times in a 48-7 loss to the Saints.
Injury prone:The 29-year-old has a lengthy injury history: A torn ACL and LCL, a fractured vertebrae that cut shorthis2018 season and a high-ankle sprain that hobbledhimfor multiple contests in 2021.
But the injury that may have been most difficult was the concussionhesuffered in the teams Wild Card round loss in the 2019 postseason. Hoping to show theEaglesfanbasehetoo could lead them to a Super Bowl,Wentzwas injured on Philadelphias second drive and missed the remainder of the game. The injury also caused controversy, asWentzwas criticized by some for self-reportinghisconcussion-like symptoms.
Carson Wentzis being evaluated for a concussion because of this playpic.twitter.com/0nuu4cPBRc
COVID-19 vaccine:After a dismal 2020 season,Wentzwas traded to theColtsfor a fresh start. Buthewas quickly embroiled in criticism forhisdecision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Carson Wentzon not being vaccinated:pic.twitter.com/YsNxTmiIbD
He tested positive for the virus leading up to theColts Week 17 game against the Raiders, missing the entire week of practice before being cleared to play. He threw for just 148 yards in a 23-20 loss a defeat that turned out to be consequential for the teams playoff chances.
Coming up short:After the loss to Las Vegas,Wentzfaced a simple proposition: Beat the lowly Jaguars in the final game of the season, and make the playoffs. So, naturally,Wentzplayedhisworst game of the year, floundering to a 26-11 defeat to cap off an embarrassing late-season collapse.
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