Carson Wentz

Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #11
Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #11
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Makes strong impression in workouts

Wentz has been making a strong impression with his arm strength and mobility during during voluntary offseason workouts being held at team headquarters this week, but the Colts still plan a scheme with open, easy, quick throws that key off the running game, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Wentz missed the first two days of the voluntary workouts due to a non-COVID illness last week, but then returned to full strength this week. Despite his struggles last season (just 16 TDs vs. 15 interceptions), Wentz provides a big upgrade in mobility and arm strength over Philip Rivers, last year's starter. However, it's notable that initial talk from head coach Frank Reich has been about continuing an offense that spreads the ball around rather than expanding the team's downfield passing attack.

May 26, 2021 10:49 PM EST

Dealing with non-COVID illness

Wentz missed Monday's practice with an illness unrelated to COVID-19, per coach Frank Reich, George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Reich described Wentz as "under the weather" and doesn't expect this illness to linger, as he hopes Wentz will be ready to practice again in 24 hours. Unless Wentz's absence stretches well beyond expectations, this illness should have little impact on his ability to build rapport with the Colts' receivers in camp.

May 17, 2021 11:16 AM EST

Dealt to Indianapolis

The Eagles have agreed to trade Wentz to the Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round selection, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The conditional pick becomes a first-rounder if Wentz plays three-quarters of the Colts' offensive snaps in 2021. Multiple reports suggested Indianapolis was the 28-year-old QB's preferred destination, offering the opportunity to reunite with head coach Frank Reich, formerly the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. The Colts also have a solid defense and a top-five offensive line, though their receiving corps could use some help, especially if T.Y. Hilton (free agent) isn't re-signed. Regardless, this was the best outcome Wentz could've hoped for, landing with a stable organization that appears ready to hand him a starting job. The Colts went 11-5 in 2020 with the recently retired Philip Rivers, who completed 369 of 543 passes (68.0 percent) for 4,169 yards (7.7 YPA), 24 TDs and 11 INTs.

Feb 18, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Likely to be traded in coming days

The Eagles are expected to trade Wentz as soon as this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The notion of trading Wentz has picked up significant steam following the Rams' acquisition of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as the Eagles are reportedly looking for a similar sort of package which saw the Lions acquire two first-round picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff in the massive deal. While it seems unlikely a team will be willing to deal that sort of compensation for Wentz, particularly after a year in which the 28-year-old led the league in interceptions despite playing 12 games, it's entirely possible the Eagles could still capitalize on what appears to an unusual market when it comes to quarterback-needy teams. The Bears and Colts are reportedly frontrunners for Wentz's services and the deal would likely leave 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts as the Eagles quarterback next season.

Feb 6, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Discussed in trade talks

The Eagles don't necessarily plan to trade Wentz, but they have been fielding some trade calls, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While a change of scenery would seem to make sense for both parties, the Eagles could still decide to keep Wentz if they aren't thrilled with the trade offers. New head coach Nick Sirianni didn't say much about the team's QB situation during his intro press conference, though he did seem to acknowledge the uncertainty surrounding Wentz's future. If the 28-year-old quarterback stays in Philadelphia, he'll presumably have to battle Jalen Hurts for the starting job. Potential trade fits include Indianapolis, Chicago and New England.

Feb 4, 2021 8:10 AM EST

Taking seat Sunday

Wentz (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus Washington.

Analysis: As expected, Wentz is a healthy scratch for the Eagles' regular-season finale. Jalen Hurts will continue to direct Philadelphia's offense, with Nate Sudfeld backing him up. Wentz will enter the offseason with a cloud hanging over his head after falling apart enough to force the hand of coach Doug Pederson. Overall, Wentz had career lows in completion percentage (57), passing yards (2,620) and touchdown passes (16), while notching career highs in interceptions (15) and rushing TDs (five).

Jan 3, 2021 4:18 PM EST

In line for DNP on Sunday

The Eagles are expected to make Wentz a healthy scratch Sunday against Washington, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Change has been in the wind since the Eagles benched Wentz in favor of rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts back in Week 13. Wentz has served as Hurts' backup in each of the last three games, but now the team will keep the veteran in street clothes in the season finale while fellow reserve QB Nate Sudfeld takes his spot on the active roster. Garafolo noted the impending move doesn't necessarily mean the situation between Wentz and Philly isn't salvageable, and the team "wants" the quarterback to return in 2021. Having said that, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Sunday NFL Countdown that Wentz likely will request a trade this offseason, so Sunday's DNP could spell his last time on the Eagles' sideline.

Jan 3, 2021 8:24 AM EST

Still part of team's plans

Though Wentz will back up rookie QB Jalen Hurts in Sunday's game against the Saints, the Eagles "still have every intention to keep Wentz and have him be a major part of their team," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Analysis: In the wake of Wentz's struggles this season, the 3-8-1 Eagles -- who've dropped four straight games -- elected to turn to Hurts (the No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft) in Week 14. That said, Schefter suggests the team still believes that down the road Wentz can return to his prior level of play. In any case, a decision on the signal-caller's future with the franchise is slated to arrive by the second day of the 2021 league year (in March), when Wentz's $22 million base salary for 2022 would become fully guaranteed and his $10 million 2021 roster bonus is in line to be paid out.

Dec 13, 2020 5:17 AM EST

Moving into backup role

Wentz will move into a backup role for Sunday's game against the Saints after head coach Doug Pederson named Jalen Hurts as the team's starting quarterback for Week 14, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Wentz will cede the top spot on the depth chart to the rookie after he again struggled to move the offense in last week's loss to the Packers, which dropped the Eagles to 3-8-1 on the season. The demotion suddenly leaves Wentz's future with the organization in question, an improbable development after the signal-caller inked a four-year, $128 million extension in 2019 that won't even kick in until next season. Wentz ranks last among all qualified passers this season with 15 interceptions thrown, 50 sacks taken and 10 fumbles committed.

Dec 8, 2020 10:54 AM EST

May not start Week 14

Speaking on the radio Monday morning, coach Doug Pederson said he hasn't made up his mind on starting Wentz or Jalen Hurts for Week 14 against the Saints, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Pederson brought in Hurts during the third quarter of Sunday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay, leaving Wentz on the sideline for the final four drives of the game. The Eagles made a contest of it in the fourth quarter, but that was largely based on Jalen Reagor's punt-return touchdown, while the offense put up points on just one of four drives with Hurts at quarterback. Pederson won't necessarily announce it to the media once he decides on a Week 14 starter, but we should have some idea before the game kicks off at 4:25 ET on Sunday.

Dec 7, 2020 6:22 AM EST

Benched at Lambeau

Wentz completed six of 15 passes for 79 yards and carried the ball three times for 15 yards before being replaced by Jalen Hurts in Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: With the Eagles' offense producing only a field goal in the first half, Wentz found himself on the bench after another three-and-out to begin the third quarter. While Hurts completed less than 50 percent of his own attempts, he did inject some life into Philly's passing game and hit Greg Ward for the team's only offensive TD of the day. It's not clear yet who Doug Pederson will name as his starting QB for Week 14, but whoever is under center will face a very tough test against the Saints.

Dec 6, 2020 6:14 PM EST

Struggles in another defeat

Wentz completed 25 of 45 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Monday night's 23-17 loss to the Seahawks. He also rushed five times for 42 yards.

Analysis: Wentz was once again inefficient in the passing game, where no wideout had more than two catches and he was sacked another six times. The quarterback also threw his 15th interception of the season while in the red zone in the fourth quarter. On the bright side, Wentz did find tight end Dallas Goedert for a three-yard score earlier, and lucked into a touchdown on a 33-yard heave in the game's waning moments. He also added decent value on the ground, rushing for his third-most yards in a game this year. On the back of three straight losses, however, Wentz embodies the Eagles' beleaguered offense going into Week 13 versus the Packers.

Nov 30, 2020 9:39 PM EST

Expected to yield snaps to Hurts on Monday

Though Wentz is in line to start Monday night's game against the Seahawks,'s Ian Rapoport reports that Jalen Hurts is expected to log increased playing time at quarterback in the contest.

Analysis: The report also notes that "unlike previous snaps, Wentz won't be on the field" when Hurts is out there. ESPN's Tim McManus adds that Hurts has been seeing increased first-team reps at practice of late, which according to Rapoport, is expected to result in Hurts seeing his "most significant snaps yet," likely "two or three plays at a time," rather than entire series. It's possible that approach could be altered based on the flow of Monday's game, but it looks like the 3-6-1 Eagles plan to give Hurts an opportunity to provide the team's offense with a needed spark in Week 12.

Nov 29, 2020 4:52 AM EST

No threat of benching yet

Coach Doug Pederson said he hasn't considered benching Wentz, according to Zach Berman of The Athletic.

Analysis: Wentz has tossed a league-worst 14 interceptions, including two in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Browns. It's also been nearly two months since he completed more than 60 percent of his passes in a game, with his accuracy remaining poor even as the Eagles have gotten a little bit healthier on offense. It's possible second-round pick Jalen Hurts eventually get his shot if Wentz's struggles continue, but there's no question the veteran will make another start Week 12 in a favorable matchup with the Seahawks.

Nov 23, 2020 6:19 AM EST

Commits two turnovers vs. Browns

Wentz completed 21 of 35 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Browns. He also carried three times for an additional 10 yards.

Analysis: Wentz averaged an underwhelming 6.7 yards per attempt while taking five sacks and throwing multiple interceptions for the sixth time this season. He threw touchdown passes to Richard Rodgers and Dallas Goedert to round out his fantasy line, but his team never really had a chance to win as the latter score came with just 30 seconds left on the clock. Wentz now has an unsightly TD:INT of 14:14 through 10 games and, although he's also added five rushing scores, he's had a rather disappointing season overall. Luckily for him, he'll draw a matchup next Monday night against a Seattle defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in most passing categories.

Nov 22, 2020 3:20 PM EST

Fails to move offense

Wentz completed 21 of his 37 pass attempts for 208 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 10 against the Giants.

Analysis: Even with the return of key offensive playmakers Miles Sanders and Alshon Jeffery, Wentz struggled to get the Eagles' offense moving. The offense mustered only two touchdowns in the game, one of which came on a 55-yard run by Boston Scott. When the ball was in his hands, Wentz appeared hesitant to target receivers down the field, completing only one pass of more than 20 yards. Regularly salvaging passable stat lines by racking up rushing touchdowns -- Wentz has five touchdowns on the ground -- he was held to only four yards as a ball-carrier. Wentz and the Eagles will look to bounce back in Week 11 against the Browns.

Nov 15, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Four turnovers, but gets the win

Wentz completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 123 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and two lost fumbles in Sunday's 23-9 win over Dallas.

Analysis: This was one of Wentz's worst performances from a statistical percentage, setting a season low in yards and a season high in turnovers in one fell swoop. In fact, the offense's poor play kept an inept Dallas squad in the game far longer than they deserved to be. The 27-year-old finally got things going in the second half, putting the Eagles ahead for good with a couple of well-placed balls to the end zone. The Eagles have a bye week coming up, which will hopefully allow some of the club's injured comrades to return before another NFC East matchup against the Giants in Week 9, in which both teams will find compete to find out which team wants to lose more.

Nov 1, 2020 11:42 PM EST

Leads furious comeback

Wentz completed 25 of 43 passes for 359 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Eagles' 22-21 win over the Giants on Thursday night. He also rushed seven times for 14 yards and another score.

Analysis: Down 21-10 after a Sterling Shepard touchdown reception with 6:17 remaining, the Eagles found themselves in a similar position to that of a narrow Week 6 loss to the Ravens that saw them nearly pull off a comeback from a two-possession deficit. Wentz quickly went to work, driving his team 78 yards in just four plays, a march highlighted by a 59-yard completion to rookie John Hightower. Following a subsequent Giants punt, Wentz then put what would prove to be the dagger in the collective heart of Big Blue, capping off a six-play, 71-yard drive with a perfectly thrown 18-yard scoring pass to Boston Scott down the right sideline with just 40 seconds left. Prior to his late-game heroics, the embattled quarterback had opened the scoring with a tough one-yard rushing touchdown on Philadelphia's first possession. Wentz and his fantasy managers needed this season-best performance from him after he'd significantly underdelivered on preseason expectations over the first six contests, with multiple injuries to his pass-catching corps playing a part. Wentz will now look to carry over the momentum into a Week 8 divisional showdown against the Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Oct 22, 2020 9:02 PM EST

Nearly leads improbable comeback

Wentz completed 21 of 40 passes for 213 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles' 30-28 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 49 yards, lost a fumble and completed a pair of two-point conversion passes.

Analysis: Rarely does a quarterback look as ragged as Wentz did Sunday and yet come as close as the Eagles did to sending a game they trailed by 17 and 18 points in into overtime. However, that's exactly what unfolded Sunday, with Wentz and the Eagles admirably refusing to quit and putting a legitimate scare into the Ravens until a would-be game-tying two-point conversion attempt went awry for Philadelphia. Wentz had put his team in that position by leading three 70-yard-plus scoring marches in the fourth quarter, the first two he capped with two-point conversion passes to Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The first three quarters weren't so kind to Wentz, however, who was constantly harassed by Baltimore's suffocating defense and took six sacks overall. While Wentz is undeniably fighting hard under difficult circumstances, he won't come close to maximizing his fantasy potential until he gets Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Dallas Goedert (IR-ankle) and Jalen Reagor (IR-thumb) back in the fold. He'll hope for a smoother performance in a considerably easier matchup with Jeffery and Jackson potentially available Thursday night against the Giants.

Oct 18, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Uneven performance

Wentz completed 20 of 35 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 5 against the Steelers. He also chipped in 11 rushing yards.

Analysis: Wentz threw a pair of costly interceptions late in the game, but put forth a valiant comeback effort. Working with backup receivers, Wentz managed touchdown tosses of eight and four yards to record his third multi-touchdown performance of the season. He also surpassed seven yards per attempt for the first time in the campaign, helped by six passes of more than 15 yards. Wentz will face a tough Week 6 matchup against the Ravens, but may have one or both of Alshon Jeffery (ankle/illness) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) back to aid his effort.

Oct 11, 2020 4:27 PM EST

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