This Sunday, Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz will battle the team that drafted him with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the team where he had the most success, the Philadelphia Eagles, in the first of two matchups between the two teams.
The first matchup will take place at FedExField as Wentz, and the Commanders(1-1) will battle the Eagles(2-0) for the time since he was traded to the Colts by the team after the 2020 season.
It’s a divisional game, so winning is important, but what might be bigger for Wentz is the opportunity to show Philadelphia he can still get it done; he did acknowledge on Tuesday that he’s excited about the game.
“Yeah, exciting. It’s an exciting time,” he told the media. “Obviously, a division rivalry, you know, been a part of this one for a while. Things look different this year, but it’ll be fun. It’ll be fun. Obviously, it looks a little bit different over there from when I was there. New faces, new coaches, new everything, but it’ll be a fun one.”
During his time with the Eagles, Wentz received a lot of love from the Philly faithful, especially in 2017, where he had his best season as a pro and helped lead the team to the best record in the NFL before tearing his ACL late in the season. Ultimately, the Eagles would win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback,
Wentz battled injuries in 2018, and ultimately, Foles would again lead the Eagles to the playoffs. However, in 2019, Wentz would get paid as he signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the team and would lead Philadelphia to the postseason, but he would leave the team’s playoff loss to the Seahawks with a concussion.
Unfortunately, 2020 was Wentz’s worst year as a pro, where he led the league in interceptions in only 12 games, and he would lose his job late in the season to Jalen Hurts.
After five seasons, Wentz’s time with the Eagles had to come to an end.
Wentz discussed his time in Philadelphia.
“I mean this league, my career has been a whirlwind,” he said. “I’ll tell you that much. A lot of really good memories from my time there. I’m not going to lie—a lot of great friends. A lot of great relationships that I made, you know. Definitely will have some mixed emotions in terms of those things, but nothing crazy jumps out other than my time there was a whirlwind. It was wild. The NFL is a whirlwind, but I’m grateful to still be playing, and I’m excited for this one…
“It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun. Obviously, we had a lot of success there. Winning the Super Bowl up there was pretty special. Being a part of that was pretty cool. It’s quite the city, quite the fan base, quite the experience. I’ll definitely cherish my time there, but obviously, being on the other end now, it’ll look a little different. It was a fun couple years there while I was up there. I definitely cherished my time there.”
Things did not end the way he wanted them to in Philadelphia, but according to the seven-year veteran, he grew as a person.
“I mean, I think anytime in life you get thrown a curve ball like that, things change anytime you think, you know what life’s going to look like,” he said. “You know, sometimes I always think God’s up there saying I’m in control, and for me as a man of faith, I think that’s where my faith kicks in and just saying, okay, God, what do you have next for me? I definitely cherished my time that I had up there. It was definitely a wild ride in many, many ways. I grew a lot as a man, you know, got married, had a child, a lot of things. So, I’m very grateful for my time there, but it definitely does catch you off guard things change, and you gotta learn to grow up and change and adapt. At the end of the day, I’m thankful for it. I’m thankful for the changes that life has brought, and I’ve grown a lot from it.”
Wentz is off to a decent start for the Commanders, and there’s probably nothing more he would want but to defeat Philadelphia on Sunday. It won’t be easy.
The past three years have been full of ups and downs for Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz, and Sunday was the same.
In the first half, Wentz, who was starting for his third team and three seasons, was solid as he threw two touchdown passes and the Commanders led the Jaguars 14-3 at halftime. But, in the fourth quarter, with the Commanders leading 14-12, things got a little crazy. Wentz threw two interceptions on consecutive drives, and the Jaguars took a 22-14 lead.
However, against his former coach Doug Pederson, Wentz bounced back and led Washington on two scoring drives, including a 49-yard touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin and a 24-yard touchdown connection with rookie Jahan Dotson as Washington defeated the Jaguars 28-22 in the season-opener at FedEx Field.
Wentz completed 27-of-41 passes for 313 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, and he became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw four-plus touchdowns in his first game with the organization.
After the win, Wentz discussed the bad stretch in the fourth quarter.
“It was an ugly stretch, obviously,” he said. “Any time you get back-to-back, turnovers. That’s never fun. First one I threw, the guy made a good play, but that was a bad decision. The second one made a play came outta nowhere. Tough break, ideally just dirt that one, but yeah, it’s a tough stretch there to bounce back from, but guys did a good job. Everybody was rallying around each other, and obviously, we got it done.”
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera added on Wentz: “Well, first off(interception), he comes to the sideline after the second one and kind of beat the ground a little bit. But we both looked at each other, and I said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna have to win this.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I will.’ And just walked away. He said it so confidently, and that was good to see.. So I think because of who he is and because of his ability to be able to brush things off, I think that’s a pretty strong person.”
Despite the picks, Wentz stayed confident in himself and the team.
“I got nothing but confidence in them, and I know they look at me, and they have nothing but confidence in me,” Wentz said. “And so when you feel that, obviously it’s a tough feeling, but at the same time, it’s who else is gonna be if it’s time for us to step up and, and get it done. Like I said, we rallied together, and they picked me up. I picked them up. It was huge for us to come out and do that the way we did that.”
Clearly, Wentz is going to have to clean up the interceptions. The two picks were unacceptable, but most importantly, he overcame them, and Washington got the win.
-Wentz was the first Washington quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards and four touchdowns
in a single game since Kirk Cousins did so on December 26, 2015 against the Philadelphia
-Wentz is the first Washington quarterback to throw for four-plus touchdowns in a Week 1
contest since Billy Kilmer did so in 1975. The only other Washington quarterback to accomplish
the feat was Sonny Jurgensen in 1968.
It’s hard to win in the NFL when you don’t have stability at the quarterback position, and for the Washington Commanders, finding that franchise quarterback has been tricky.
Over the last five seasons, Washington has had a different starting quarterback, and 2022 will make it the sixth consecutive season as quarterback Carson Wentz will start for the team when they host the Jaguars in the season-opener on Sunday.
Wentz is on his third team in three seasons, and he’s trying to prove he can still be a franchise quarterback. The 29-year-old is talented and was on course to be league MVP in 2017 until he tore his ACL late in the season.
According to Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, Washington has a quarterback they can rally around.
“Well, I think we have a quarterback. I do,’ he said Monday. “I think we have a guy that can help us. I mean, not to say we didn’t have some quality quarterbacks. Again, we did some pretty good things with when we had Alex Smith playing for us. I thought that was a great job by him, and again, I thought last year Taylor [Heinicke] did the things that he needed to do to help us. But I think we have a guy that we can now, you know, establish and rally around and build off of, which is what we tried to do in the off-season, as far as making sure we had a stout offensive line to protect him and in the playmakers and again, I’ll always refer to that cuz I think that’s what you have to do. Now in our circumstances, in our situation, I think we have a guy that, you know, we can establish and, and build around.”
Doug Pederson, who drafted and coached Wentz for five seasons in Philadelphia, says the seven-year veteran displays a ton of confidence.
He’s athletic, a big guy, and if you get a chance to tackle him, you’ve got to get him on the ground; he can make you pay with his legs,” Pederson said about Wentz. “I think he does play with a lot of confidence, honestly, and those guys around him will definitely support him.”
Kerrigan named assistant defensive line coach:
The Washington Commanders announced today that Ryan Kerrigan has been named assistant defensive line coach. Kerrigan will fill the role previously held by Jeff Zgonina who was promoted to the role of defensive line coach in training camp after the team fired Sam Mills III.
Kerrigan signed a one-day contract on July 29th, retiring as a member of the Burgundy and Gold. He is the Commanders all-time official sack leader.
Washington Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr. was a victim of a robbing or carjacking in Washington D.C. on Sunday. Robinson was shot multiple times in the robbery and suffered what the team called non-life-threatening injuries. According to the Commanders official Twitter page, Robinson underwent surgery and is currently in a hospital.
According to ESPN, one bullet hit his glute, and another struck him in a lower leg.
Very unfortunate situation for the rookie running back; at this point, the team is unsure when Robinson will return. However, his head coach Ron Rivera, says Robinson was very fortunate things were not worse.
“I can’t get into the specifics of it other than just say he’s doing well,” Rivera said on Monday. “We had an opportunity to visit with him last night, which was really a relief and kind of cool because he was in a really good place. The doctors were very positive with him, and he was very positive as well. We’re very fortunate. He’s very fortunate, and it’s a very unfortunate situation, but he’s doing well. It’ll be a matter of time before he is back out here. There is no timeline, but as I said, everything’s was very positive.”
No coach likes to get the phone call that one of their players was a victim of a shooting, and Rivera discussed his reaction when he received the call about Robinson.
“It was hard,” Rivera said. “I’ve gotten several phone calls as a head coach, unfortunately, but this one was one of the harder ones. First of all, because he’s a heck of a young man, he really is more than just a football player. He is really a heck of a young man. It kind of blindsided me a little bit…
“I got the phone call, I think, somewhere around six o’clock. I think it was. I’d actually popped into coach (Randy) Jordan’s office, and irony of all ironies, we were actually watching some Brian Robinson tape. When it hit us, I told coach Jordan right away, and he took it really hard initially. He just says is he okay? And I said, well, for the most part, it sounds like it. But we weren’t sure. I went over to (Commanders GM)Martin’s (Mayhew) office, and we had a conversation. We got our head of security on Mike Jacob, who was terrific with the whole situation.”
According to Rivera, a contingent of people went to the hospital to support Robinson, including Commanders owner Dan Snyder.
Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz says a situation like Robinson’s shooting is much bigger than football.
You know, you hear that news, and it’s like, okay, this isn’t even football anymore,” Wentz said. “You know, someone was shot, and this is a real-life, off-the-field thing that someone’s going through. We’re fortunate with how he’s doing, and again, that’s all what I’ve been hearing, but things could have obviously been a lot worse. Yes, it is very real life. It takes you away from football real quick and say these are real-life issues that we all that we’re all going through and we’re not immune to it.”
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz made his preseason debut, and Washington made their debut as the Commanders Saturday against the Carolina Panthers.
Wentz, who played three series, led the Commanders on a touchdown scoring drive and finished the day 10/13 for 74 yards. Ultimately, the Panthers would defeat Washington 23-21 at FedEx Field.
It was a solid day for Wentz, and for him, getting out of the field with his new team was exciting.
“Yeah, it was fun,” he said. “It was fun, no doubt. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve played in a preseason game, so that was good to just get my feet wet, as well kind of get the first time out there jitters out of the way. Whatever you want to call them. I think that was important, and we’ll be ready once week one rolls around here.”
At this point, Wentz feels he’s settling in with the new offense.
“Absolutely, I think it did, and I think everyone is just settling in,” Wentz said. “That third drive just settling in, it’s just football. We’ve been doing this our whole lives, and again it was preseason, kind of good for us to get our feet wet, but I thought that third drive was good for us to settle in and feel good about that.”
On his third and final series, Wentz led the Commanders on a 14-play, 82-yard drive, which ended with a one-yard Brian Robinson touchdown run. On the drive, Wentz connected with five different Commanders.
“I thought it was good,” Wentz said about the scoring drive. “Just coming out and moving the ball, whether we were calling plays down the field, there’s a couple down the field that maybe I want back, but even though we were calling the plays down the field, we were finding guys underneath, and we were moving the chains. I thought that was important for us, and there’s a lot we can learn from it. I’m sure we’ll go back and watch the tape. I thought that third drive was important for us to sustain a drive and pick up some third downs.”
Overall, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera felt Wentz did his job against the Panthers.
“Well, I thought he threw the ball well,” Rivera said. “I thought he threw where he was supposed to. He threw a very catchable ball and delivered it on time. I thought he went through his progressions the way he needed to. I thought he handled the huddle well. I thought he got the calls out. And he did the things we hoped he would do.”
It was a solid day for Wentz, who reportedly has been inconsistent at camp. Fortunately for him, he has time to get better and get more comfortable in the offense.
On Wednesday, Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin met the media after agreeing to a contract extension with the team.
According to reports, it’s a three-year, $71 million extension.
In his short career, the 2019 third-round pick has been very productive. The former Ohio State product has accumulated 222 receptions for 3090 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he’s put those numbers up with very average quarterback play in Washington.
However, this season, he’ll have an opportunity to play with Carson Wentz, who had an MVP-caliber season in 2017 and helped the Eagles win a Super Bowl in that same season. In 2021, Wentz was solid with the Colts as he threw for 3563 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. However, Indianapolis lost their last two games of the regular season and missed the playoffs. Ultimately, Wentz would be dealt to the Commanders a few months later.
While the 29-year-old Wentz will be playing on his third team in three seasons, McLaurin is excited about the opportunity to play with him.
“You know, we’ve talked a lot obviously about the quarterback situations for myself, and my main priority and just my mindset with each quarterback is try to put my best foot forward and make them look good in any way, shape, or form I can,” McLaurin said. “I’ve never really tried to focus on how many I’ve had, and although you want to try to get a connection with a guy and have some longevity, I’ve had fun, and I’ve learned from all the quarterbacks I’ve had up until this point. One thing I think that stuck out about Carson is he’s a very personable guy. He’s somebody that we’ve connected with on a very personal level since he’s gotten here. Even throughout the process, he was reaching out to me, checking in on me…
“Honestly, I remember my rookie year, and we played Philly. I remember watching him play and the way he threw a deep ball; I was almost enamored by it, you know, and his toughness in the pocket. Like, I don’t think a lot of people give him enough credit. He stands back there into the last moment, which really helps receivers get that extra separation or that time to finish their routes off, and a guy who’s back there and confident as a receiver and as a receiver group, I think we’re going to try to have a collective group by committee and help him out to be the best that he can.”
Entering his fourth season, McLaurin hopes to make the playoffs and have a chance at a Super Bowl with the Commanders and will do everything in his power to support Wentz and the rest of his teammates to make that happen.
“I wanna get to the playoffs and have a chance to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “Personally, I want to continue to try to be one of the top receivers in this league… And having that relationship with [QB] Carson [Wentz], I really want to develop and make it as strong as possible. So he knows he can trust not only me as a player, but as a person that I got his back. I know he’s been through a lot in his career, and I know we’ll get to touch on that, but you know, I’m a guy who’s going to have your back, man. And it’s not just him. That’s why I feel like that towards everybody in this locker room and in this building.”
We’ll see if Wentz can take advantage of what many believe is his final chance to be a starter in the NFL. Fortunately for him, he’ll have McLaurin by his side.
The Philadelphia Eagles will begin the season in Detroit against the Lions, the league announced on Thursday night. Two of Philadelphia’s first three games will be on the road as they travel to Washington to battle Carson Wentz and the Commanders in Week 3.
In Week 4, Philadelphia will host Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back to Wentz, he and the Commanders will come to Philadelphia for the first time since the trade on Monday Night Football in Week 10.
2022 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule
Friday, August 12 New York Jets 7:30 p.m. NBC10
Sunday, August 21 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC10
Saturday, August 27 at Miami Dolphins 7:00 p.m. NBC10
Sunday, September 11 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. FO
Monday, September 19 Minnesota Vikings 8:30 p.m. ABC^
Sunday, September 25 at Washington Commanders 1:00 p.m. FOX
Sunday, October 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. CBS
Sunday, October 9 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m.+ FOX
Sunday, October 16 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^
Sunday, October 23 BYE
Sunday, October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m.+ CBS
Thursday, November 3 at Houston Texans 8:15 p.m. Prime Video^
Monday, November 14 Washington Commanders 8:15 p.m. ESPN^
Sunday, November 20 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 p.m.+ CBS
Sunday, November 27 Green Bay Packers 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^
Sunday, December 4 Tennessee Titans 1:00 p.m.+ FOX
Sunday, December 11 at New York Giants 1:00 p.m.+ FOX
Sunday, December 18 at Chicago Bears 1:00 p.m.+ FOX
Saturday, December 24 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 p.m. FOX
Sunday, January 1 New Orleans Saints 1:00 p.m.+ FOX
Sat., Jan. 7 / Sun., Jan. 8* New York Giants TBD TBD
Below are other scheduling notes for the Eagles:
Philadelphia will open the 2022 campaign against Detroit on the road at Ford Field, marking the club’s first ever game against the Lions on kickoff weekend. Additionally, the Eagles will begin the season with an away game for a third consecutive year, which is the team’s longest such streak since 2011-13.
Philadelphia’s five scheduled primetime contests are its most in a season since 2018. Dating back to 2000, the Eagles have appeared in the second-most primetime games (94) in the NFL, behind Dallas (100).
A national audience will once again be treated to an Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football. With the exception of a nationally televised 2014 Thanksgiving afternoon contest, the division rivals have squared off in primetime every season dating back to the 2007 campaign.
Philadelphia will not play consecutive road games through the first 13 weeks of the season. Furthermore, the Eagles will close the year with back-to-back home outings for the first time since 2017.
Philadelphia’s Week 7 bye marks the Eagles’ earliest break since 2016 (Week 4).
Newest Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz met the D.C. media Thursday.
The Colts sent Wentz to the Washington Commanders for third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round selection If Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s snaps. The teams also swapped second-round picks in 2022.
Last season, the Colts needed to win one of their final two games to make the playoffs, and unfortunately, Indy lost both games, including a loss to the lowly Jaguars.
The Colts had enough of Wentz and shipped him to Washington after one season with the team.
On Thursday, Wentz, who threw for 3563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions in 2021, discussed what may have gone wrong in Indy.
“It’s a great question. It’s a great question. And completely fair question,” he said. “And sometimes I wonder the same. To be honest, I think it was a year that had highs and lows, ups and downs. The way we finished, the way I finished was poor, And I think that definitely was tough to swallow and tough to finish like that. Especially when we thought we had a chance to really do something special and make a run. We just kind of collapsed, and I didn’t play good enough, well enough at the end there. Things happen. I always believe things happen for a reason. And you get an opportunity, still got an opportunity to come out and prove myself and play the game that I love. I look forward to doing that.”
Throughout his career, Wentz’s leadership skills have been called into question, which he addressed Thursday.
“Yeah. So for one, reports are reports, and there’s truth in some things all those things,” Wentz said. “If we were in this business trying to combat and argue every report, we’d run out of things to say, you know? And so for me, I just try and be myself, be myself, get to know the guys, build the relationships. I strongly feel I had amazing relationships with people in Philly and people in Indy. Loved my time there. To your first part of the question, I mean, knowing that you’re wanted and feeling that support from everybody in the organization means a lot. It allows you to go play confidently freely, which I think ultimately will allow me to play my best ball and try and elevate everybody around me to the full extent that I can. And I look forward to doing that.”
The six-year veteran will have an opportunity to play in the NFC East and play the team that selected him with the number two overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to Wentz, it will be weird for him to return to Lincoln Financial Field as a visitor.
“Yeah. I’m excited. I’m excited, coming back to the East, a lot of good memories,’ he said. “Spent a lot of time in this division, obviously, back to number 11, what feels like home to me. I’m excited a lot of familiarity; obviously, things change, teams change, defenses have changed, coaches change, but obviously the same rivalries and all those things. I’ll admit, it will be weird that first time going to the Linc [Lincoln Financial Field], I’m sure I’ll hear a little bit of everything. Definitely am aware of that. I embrace it. I embrace it. It’s exciting. I try and keep all those things at bay and just, Hey, just football, just go play ball. And all the outside noise will take care of itself.”
Carson Wentz is on the move for the second time in two seasons.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts will send Wentz to the Washington Commanders for’ third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round selection If Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s snaps. The teams also swapped second-round picks in 2022, with the Colts moving up from No. 47 overall to No. 42.
In addition, the Commanders will pay Wentz’s entire contract, which will be $28 million next season, which includes a $5 million roster bonus, according to the report.
In 2021, the six-year veteran, who was acquired by the Colts from Philadelphia last offseason, started all 17 games for Indianapolis and threw for 3563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions, but he came up small in the team’s final game against the Jaguars with the playoffs on the line.
At age 29, this could be Wentz’s last opportunity to be a starter in the NFL. In his final season in Philly, he struggled, and Wentz did not do what he was supposed to do in Indy.
Washington, who missed the playoffs last season, was clearly looking to upgrade the quarterback position as both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke started for the team last season. Washington reportedly made a run at Russell Wilson, but that did not work out as Wilson is expected to be traded to the Denver Broncos.
Wentz is an upgrade for Washington and still can play. People forget that Wentz had an MVP- caliber season in Philly in 2017 before tearing his ACL, and in all reality, the Eagles don’t win a Super Bowl without his play that season.
Interestingly enough, the number two overall pick in the 2016 draft of the Philadelphia Eagles will have an opportunity to play his former team two times next season, which should be a lot of fun.