Carson Wentz has tried to cool any talk of ‘revenge games’ ahead of his Washington Commanders team facing his former side in the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson Wentz’ time with the Philadelphia Eagles, and indeed the NFL has been far from straightforward. Having been taken with the #2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he started off reasonably well on the professional level, going 7-9 in his first year, throwing for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, showing that there was something there in his arsenal.
Things then went a bit haywire in his second season, as he took that step forward to being a very capable signal-caller, even playing well enough to earn some MVP consideration as he made the Eagles a true force in the league and contenders for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
That season though was bittersweet, as he spent the latter part of it on the sidelines ahead after picking up an ACL injury whilst having to watch the Eagles go on and win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots with Nick Foles as their quarterback.
After that injury, he wasn’t seen as a reliable option for them in the long run, and only had one full season back in 2019 and threw a league-leading 15 interceptions in 2020, before being shipped to the Indianapolis Colts where despite throwing for 3,563 passing yards and 27 touchdowns, he wasn’t able to even take the Colts to the playoffs, with the season summed up with a terrible performance in the final week of the season that saw them fall to the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-11 when a win would have seen them through.
The Colts then moved him to the Washington Commanders this offseason where he has made another decent start, going 1-1, throwing for 650 yards and 7 touchdowns, but this week sees him take on his old team at FedEx Field.
The Carson Wentz revenge game?
This would be a great opportunity for him to step up and show the Eagles, and the Colts as well, that they were wrong to let him go and could provide a spark for them to help guide them to victory.
However, Wentz doesn’t seem to want any part in that, as when speaking to reporters on Wednesday (via The Washington Post), he tried to play this off as just any other game:
“[I have] 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. So, I 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.”
“I’m excited for it. 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.”
Whether or not these are his genuine thoughts or if he’s just trying to play nice for the media, only he will know. But there is no doubt that it is certainly an interesting dynamic ahead of a big week for both teams.