The Washington Commanders have been on the search for help at the quarterback position since Kirk Cousins departed as a free agent in 2018 for the Minnesota Vikings. This offseason, they landed on Carson Wentz as their answer.
This was the second straight year that Wentz was traded as the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles, traded him to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021. Things didn’t work out in Indianapolis, who flipped him to the Commanders.
This season will provide Wentz with plenty of opportunities to take a trip down memory lane. He already had his first, facing off with and defeating his former head coach, Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Week 1.
This week will be another trip, as Wentz will be facing off with his former team for the first time. Washington will be hosting the Eagles in Week 3 and you can be sure that emotions will be riding high. An NFC East rivalry usually has high energy, but it will be brought to another level with Wentz being on the other side for the first time.
Wentz admitted that he will have some mixed emotions going into the game facing his first NFL team. Things didn’t end on the highest of notes, but Wentz will do his best to keep things in check and focus on the task at hand, which is winning a football game.
“I’m excited for it,” Wentz said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. “But . . . you try not to make the game bigger than it needs to be. Every week is a big week. It’s hard to win in this league. And so I know once the first kickoff goes, it’ll be football again.”
Wentz is off to a strong start with the Commanders, completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 650 yards and a league-leading seven touchdowns. They are 1-1 entering the contest against the Eagles.
While this is certainly a big deal for Carson Wentz as he tries to get his career back on track, the bigger event will be in Week 10. That will be the first time that Wentz returns to Philadelphia as a visiting player and that game will be played on Monday Night Football.
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