Carson Wentz leaders ‘last chance’

Three years, three different teams. And perhaps the last chance for Carson Wentz.

That’s according to Troy Ekman, at least.

Aikman said during a conference call with the media on Monday for ESPN, that he will join Joe Buck at next season’s booth for “Monday Night Football.”

The sharp comments from Ekman certainly carry weight, given the career of the Hall of Fame quarterback. They also pinpointed what was a sharp drop in North Dakota State’s second overall pick in 2016, which, just five years earlier, was collecting a season-caliber MVP with nearly 3,300 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Through 13 games before his season was cut short by a rupture in the AFC Champions League.

The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl that year, led by Nick Foles. Meanwhile, Wentz has been in steady decline ever since, plagued by injury and poor play.

New leaders quarterback Carson Wentz greets the media in March.
New leaders quarterback Carson Wentz greets the media in March.
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Troy Aikman, right, who will join Joe Buck for Monday Night Football this year, thinks Washington is Carson Wentz's last chance.
Troy Aikman, right, who will join Joe Buck for Monday Night Football this year, thinks Washington is Carson Wentz’s last chance to be the NFL quarterback.

In 2020, Wentz threw 16 touchdowns (and ran for five more), but he also led the league in interceptions with 15, despite playing in just 12 games before being sent off. Philadelphia had had enough and sent Wentz to Indianapolis after that season, sending the ill-hurt and injured signal-caller, whose illnesses up to that point had included injuries to his wrist and back as well as a concussion, to the Colts for a third – tour pick in 2021 and pick First round this year.

But the move to Indianapolis also saw Wentz reunite with Frank Reich, who, before becoming the Colts’ head coach, was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator. In something like a recovery year, Wentz threw 3,563 yards and 27 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.

However, the Jacksonville Colts surprised the Jaguars with two wins in Week 18 and missed the playoffs as a result. Wentz completed only 58.6 percent of his passes in the game, threw one touch, was picked once, and took six sacks.

Wentz once again proved fragile, after picking up injuries to his foot and ankle early in the season. In March, the Colts traded it, along with their second-round pick this year, with the leaders in the second- and third-round picks this year and a conditional third-round pick next year.

Jaguar stunned Carson Wentz and the Colts in Week 18 of last season.
Carson Wentz and the Colts missed the playoffs after being stunned by Jaguar in Week 18 last season.
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“I think right now, Carson had a chance; it didn’t end well in Philadelphia, of course,” said Aikman. “Then he was traded to Indianapolis. It wasn’t great for him there. They decided to make another change in this situation, and now it has arrived in Washington.”

In doing so, the competition around for Wentz for a starting job is essentially non-existent, with Taylor Hynek and Sam Howell, drafted by leaders from North Carolina State in the fifth round, behind him on the depth chart. But it could also be the 29-year-old’s last chance to lead a team.

It’s supposed to help the leaders get the easiest NFL schedule based on their opponents’ winning percentage, though there’s one game in particular that stands out: at Philadelphia Monday night in Week 10.

“I hope he can take advantage of that,” Ekman, who will be on call for the competition, said of Wentz’s opportunity as the leaders’ primary quarterback. “I am looking forward to that match between these two teams. But that is kind of a defining season, I think, for Carson Wentz and what his future will look like.”

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