When the Indianapolis Colts made the trade to acquire Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles, many thought it was the move that would take them back into serious playoff contention. While they made the playoffs led by Philip Rivers last season, many thought Wentz would be an upgrade. Following a brutal Week 18 season-ending loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, that sentiment has changed dramatically.
Wentz received a ton of criticism all season long. He made bad plays in clutch situations and simply didn’t make many plays. Jonathan Taylor was the leader of the offense and there were games were Wentz was completely non-existent.
Following the season’s awful conclusion, former Colts’ star Jeff Saturday has made his feelings known. He believes that the Colts should be looking to move on from Wentz this offseason.
“When the moments mattered most, he really didn’t step up!”
Throughout the course of the regular season, Wentz ended up completing 62.4 percent of his pass attempts for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also picked up 215 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Those numbers are not horrible. No one can get too mad at him for the actual statistics. However, it’s the fact that he couldn’t make big plays, struggled to throw down the field, and generally just underperformed that has people questioning whether or not the Colts should stick with him.
Granted, Indianapolis has to go out and find better weapons for him to work with. T.Y. Hilton is a shell of his former self, Parris Campbell was hurt most of the season, Zach Pascal didn’t have a good year, the two tight ends played well but they’re not top-notch weapons. If the Colts want Wentz to play better, giving him better weapons could be a good course of action as well.
Expect to hear a ton of rumors coming out of Indianapolis this offseason. The Colts may consider a change at quarterback, but that doesn’t seem too likely. After dumping a first-round pick to the Eagles in the trade, it seems very likely that Carson Wentz will be back for round two as the Colts’ starting quarterback next year.