After drafting Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles front office made it clear no Quarterback job is safe. Fast forward to the 2021 Offseason. Carson Wentz is now part of the AFC South. He’s taking over reigns for Philip Rivers as the next Colts signal caller. Due to the recent lack of success in Philadelphia, the NFL world was ready to pull the plug on former MVP candidate Carson Wentz. The Indianapolis Colts traded for Wentz. They only gave away just a second and third round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
At the age of 28 I am willing to believe that this quarterback has a lot left in the tank and it will come to show in Indianapolis this Season. Staying in the pocket and running a play action offense will be the keys to his success. Scrambling outside of the pocket and becoming a runner is how he sustained his season ending knee injury in 2017. The Coaching Staff will look to elevate Wentz’ ability to succeed in an offense with talent all around him.
Wentz to Indianapolis: On The Move
The quarterback heads to the AFC to play behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. It also helps having a top tier group of running backs made up of Jonathan Taylor, Marlon Mack, and Nyheim Hynes. All three backs can affect the game in different ways. This will lead to Wentz being used in more creative ways than he was in Philadelphia.
Michael Pittman looks to take an extreme jump into the WR1 spot after a strong rookie season. Remember, he put up 100 total yards in his first career playoff game in the loss to Buffalo in the Divisional Round last year. Having a fantastic defense has never been a negative. Darius Leonard looks to continue to lead his unit as he is slowly cementing himself into a top linebacker in the game.
MVP Runner Up
In the year 2017, Wentz led the Eagles to an 11-2 record over the 13 games he started before getting a season ending injury. Wentz threw for 3,300 Yards and put up 33 Touchdowns with just 7 Interceptions. He had a strong performance in just the thirteen regular season games. This resulted in Wentz finishing second, behind Tom Brady, as the 2017 NFL MVP. The former MVP candidate is able to reunite with his offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Keep in mind, this is the same coordinator he had in Philly during his phenomenal 2017 campaign. I believe the Colts will win the AFC South Division Title with the help of Wentz along with the consistency of the Franchise. Carson can move back into a Top Ten Quarterback spot in the league and it is all up to himself to do so.
-Fred O’Brien (@FOBSportsNFL)
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