Carson Wentz

Washington Redskins
Quarterback #11
Washington Redskins
Quarterback #11
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Being traded to Washington

The Colts are slated to trade Wentz to Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per Schefter, the reported deal -- which can become official next week -- is in line to involve the Colts getting draft picks (including two third-rounders) back from the Commanders. Wentz thus becomes the latest signal-caller to make big news in advance of free agency, with the 29-year-old now poised to start for his third team in as many years in 2022.

Mar 9, 2022 10:58 AM EST

Status with franchise TBD

As NFL free agency approaches, GM Chris Ballard acknowledged Tuesday that Wentz's future with the Colts has yet to be determined, Mike Wells of ESPN reports. "I don't have a direct answer for you," Ballard noted with regard to the QB's status with the franchise. "Jim [Irsay], Frank [Reich] and I will sit down over the next 10 days and figure out where it's going. Ultimately, we'll do what's best for the team in the short term and in the long term."

Analysis: The Colts acquired Wentz from the Eagles last February, but the report notes that the veteran signal-caller's in-game decisions were a cause for concern among members of the organization at various points during the 2021 campaign. As a result, the team has yet to commit to Wentz ahead of the 2022 season, which sets up a scenario in which it's possible that the franchise may may be looking for a new starting QB for the third time in as many offseasons. Per the report, Wentz -- whose contract runs through 2024 -- is slated to earn $15 million whether he's on Indy's roster or not next season, however the team can save about $13 million if he's released by March 18.

Mar 2, 2022 9:55 AM EST

GM declines to commit to 2022 starter

While speaking during his season-ending news conference, GM Chris Ballard fell short of committing to Wentz as the Colts' starting QB next season, ESPN's Mike Wells reports. "When we made the decision, after Philip [Rivers] make a move on Carson, at the time of the decision we felt good about it and I still don't regret the decision at the time," Ballard noted Thursday. "Sitting here today...I won't make a comment on who is going to be here next year and who is not going to be here next year. That's not fair to any player."

Analysis: Meanwhile, Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star previously relayed that coach Frank Reich also declined to discuss the 2022 standing of Wentz or any other player on the team's roster, but given the mixed returns in the signal-caller's first season with Indianapolis, it's not too surprising that endorsements from the franchise's GM and coach didn't arrive in the wake of a disappointing loss in Week 18 that eliminated the Colts from playoff contention. Per Stephen Holder of The Athletic, Wentz is under contract through 2024, however he points out that "the detail that matters most is that 2022 is the final year of the deal containing guaranteed money." In any case, there figures to continue to be speculation regarding Wentz's future with the team in the coming months, but contract deadlines, free agency and the NFL Draft remain future moving parts that will drive the narrative.

Jan 13, 2022 12:40 PM EST

Struggles in must-win game

Wentz completed 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Jaguars. He added three rushes for 17 yards.

Analysis: Wentz had a disastrous performance in a must-win game, as he also lost a fumble for two total turnovers. His 6.4 yards per attempt is a bleak enough mark standing alone, but it becomes even worse when considering that 85 of his 185 passing yards came on the Colts' final offensive possession and with the team down 26-3. Wentz has stayed away from mistakes for much of the season -- he threw only seven interceptions and lost four fumbles -- though he also surpassed 300 yards in a contest only twice.

Jan 9, 2022 5:35 PM EST

Uninspiring effort in loss

Wentz completed 16 of 27 passes for 148 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders. He added three carries for 10 yards.

Analysis: The Colts clearly tried to keep the ball out of the air, as they tallied 26 rushing attempts as opposed to Wentz's 27 pass attempts. Even when he took to the air, Wentz was largely uninspiring as he averaged only 5.5 yards per attempt. Even his touchdown was fortunate, as he threw a ball up for grabs that bounced off of two defenders only to land in the arms of T.Y. Hilton for a 45-yard score. Wentz has now been held to under 200 passing yards in five of his last seven starts heading into a Week 18 matchup against Jacksonville.

Jan 2, 2022 6:49 PM EST

Cleared to start Sunday

Per coach Frank Reich, Wentz (illness) has cleared the NFL's COVID protocols and is slated to start Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Wentz was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, but he still needed to gain medical clearance to be available Sunday, and that has occurred. Reich notes that Wentz has had a good week of prep and is ready to go versus the Raiders, with Sam Ehlinger set to serve as his backup in Week 17.

Jan 2, 2022 7:30 AM EST

Clears protocols, will start Sunday

Wentz (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, will be available to start after receiving full clearance from a medical professional earlier in the day, Colts head coach Frank Reich told Stacey Dales of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Wentz was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday when first eligible following a five-day isolation period, the quarterback hadn't fully cleared all of the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wentz still required a check early Sunday to ensure he wasn't dealing with any lingering symptoms of the virus, and the quarterback was able to pass the final test. Though he didn't take part in any of the Colts' three official practices this week while on the list, Wentz was able to stay up to speed with the game plan while in isolation and shouldn't face any restrictions Sunday. Sam Ehlinger will serve as his backup after taking reps with the first-team offense Wednesday through Friday.

Jan 2, 2022 7:03 AM EST

Activated from COVID list

Went (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Wentz is now officially back on the active roster after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, though that doesn't necessary mean he'll be available for Sunday's game against the Raiders. The 29-year-old still needs to fully clear the COVID-19 protocols in order to play, and if he does so Sunday morning he'll be able to suit up. Rookie sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger is poised to make his first NFL start should Wentz be unable to clear the protocols.

Jan 1, 2022 11:14 AM EST

Making progress, could play

Wentz (illness) has shown progress throughout the week, with Colts coach Frank Reich saying Friday that he's prepared both Wentz and Sam Ehlinger to start Sunday's game against the Raiders, Mike Chappell of FOX 59 Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: The Colts would need to move Wentz from the reserve/COVID-19 list by 4 p.m. ET Saturday to have him available for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He was initially placed on the list Tuesday, and while Reich acknowledges the QB didn't feel well early in the week, he's apparently doing better as the Week 17 game approaches. Wentz stayed involved throughout the week via Zoom meetings, hoping he'll be able to clear the return-to-play protocol ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 31, 2021 4:47 PM EST

May be able to play Sunday

Wentz (illness) may have a chance to play Sunday against the Raiders following changes to the NFL's return-to-play guidelines, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The NFL and NFLPA agreed to reduce the amount of time players that test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine from 10 to five days, which lines up with new guidelines from the CDC. Per Schefter, Wentz was among 39 players who returned a positive test Tuesday, but with this change if he's asymptomatic five days after such a test, the Colts can activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list. There's no guarantee it'll come to pass, and coach Frank Reich will get Sam Ehlinger up to speed to earn his first NFL start in the event Wentz doesn't clear the amended protocols.

Dec 28, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Goes to COVID-19 list

The Colts placed Wentz (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: By all accounts, Wentz remains unvaccinated, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. If the preceding is the case, Wentz won't be available Sunday for a key AFC matchup with the Raiders. Wentz would yield QB duties to backup Sam Ehlinger in the event the former can't play this weekend.

Dec 28, 2021 10:34 AM EST

Tosses pair of touchdowns Saturday

Wentz was 18-for-28 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns and notched two carries for four yards during Saturday's 22-16 win in Arizona.

Analysis: Wentz isn't often asked to put up huge volume through the air in offense that rides running back Jonathan Taylor, who put up his ninth 100-yard performance in 15 games this season. Still, Wentz managed his ninth 200-yard outing through the air and ninth contest with multiple touchdowns. Everything seemed to come up 'nine' for the Colts on Saturday, as they reached 9-6 in the standings, too. Wentz' next chance to direct the Colts offense will arrive Sunday, Jan. 2 versus the Raiders.

Dec 25, 2021 8:55 PM EST

Poor performance in win

Wentz completed five of 12 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Saturday's 27-17 win over the Patriots. He also gained 17 yards on eight carries.

Analysis: The evening could have been even worse for Wentz, as a couple of his incompletions could easily have become INTs, but the Colts were able to survive his shaky effort thanks to Jonathan Taylor and a special-teams score. It was by far the least productive full game of Wentz's career, and he'll likely need to do a lot more if the Colts are going to come up with a road win in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Dec 18, 2021 9:46 PM EST

Throws touchdown in win

Wentz completed 16 of 22 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Wentz put together a decent performance in a game that saw the Colts dominate on the ground, racking up 238 rushing yards and three scores. The signal-caller still got involved in the scoring, though, throwing a two-yard touchdown to Ashton Dulin just before halftime. After having three turnovers last week, Wentz also protected the ball well Sunday, sending him into the bye week on a good note.

Dec 5, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Fantasy-friendly outing in loss

Wentz completed 27 of 44 passes for 306 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Colts' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 21 yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Fantasy managers don't really have too much to complain about regarding Wentz's performance outside of the turnovers, but the veteran quarterback undeniably got in the way of a team win with some of his miscues. All three of Wentz's turnovers occurred in the second half, with the fumble and first interception both leading to Buccaneers touchdowns and the second pick coming on the final play of the game at Tampa Bay's two-yard line. On a more positive note, Wentz was able to notch multiple touchdown throws for the first time since Week 9, and he still boasts an impressive 21:5 TD:INT for the campaign. The 28-year-old does get a golden opportunity for atonement in a Week 13 road divisional clash against the vulnerable Texans defense.

Nov 29, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Season-low yardage total in win

Wentz completed 11 of 20 passes for 106 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Colts' 41-15 win over the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 18 yards and committed a fumble recovered by Indianapolis.

Analysis: With Jonathan Taylor accounting for 185 rushing yards and five total touchdowns, there was little need for Wentz to do much through the air. His one passing score actually went to Taylor in the second quarter, but the sixth-year veteran otherwise recorded just two completions apiece to the starting wideout duo of T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman. Wentz has now thrown for under 200 yards in three of the last five games, but a Week 12 interconference showdown with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers is likely going to require him to be much more involved.

Nov 21, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Lackluster showing in win

Wentz completed 22 of 34 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Colts' 23-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also netted minus-1 yard on four rushes.

Analysis: Jonathan Taylor logged over 20 carries for the first time all season, which helped lead to a reduced workload for Wentz and his fellow members of the air attack. The sixth-year signal-caller did remain free of turnovers for the second straight game, helping Indianapolis even its record at .500. Wentz's touchdown-less effort was his first since Week 3, something he'll look to quickly put behind him in a Week 11 road matchup against a very tough Bills defense.

Nov 14, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Ready for Sunday

Wentz (illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Wentz was deemed a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, but he was able to log every rep Friday and avoid an injury designation entirely for Week 10 action. He'll welcome back T.Y. Hilton (concussion) for the wide receiver's third appearance of the season as the Colts take on the Colts' 26th-ranked pass defense (272 yards allowed per game).

Nov 12, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Limited due to illness Thursday

Wentz was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Erickson notes that Wentz was on the field with his healthy teammates during the portion of practice that was open to the media, suggesting the Colts weren't overly concerned about him potentially infecting others. Indianapolis is seemingly hopeful that after a lighter slate of reps Thursday, Wentz will be ready to be a full participant Friday to clear up any lingering concern about his availability for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. After a bumpy outing in a Week 8 overtime loss to the Titans, Wentz bounced back effectively on short rest in a Week 9 win over the Jets last Thursday, completing 22 of 30 passes for 272 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers as the Colts put up a season-high 45 points.

Nov 11, 2021 2:41 PM EST

Three TDs in win

Wentz completed 22 of 30 passes for 272 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts' 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for 13 yards.

Analysis: Wentz was sharp in the high-scoring win and connected with Michael Pittman, offensive lineman Danny Pinter and Jack Doyle for his trio of scoring tosses. The sixth-year pro helped the Colts jump out to a 28-10 halftime lead with two of those touchdown passes, locking in his sixth straight multi-touchdown game. The performance was a strong bounce-back effort for Wentz following two back-breaking interceptions in Sunday's overtime loss to the Titans, and he'll look to carry over his momentum into a Week 10 home battle against the vulnerable Jaguars a week from Sunday.

Nov 4, 2021 9:02 PM EST

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