4 biggest takeaways from Commanders OTAs thus far
By Jerry Trotta
1. Carson Wentz Standing Out
That’s right, folks. The Commanders’ new QB1 has stuck out like a sore thumb in the early goings of OTAs. And it doesn’t all have to do with the fact that he’s 6-foot-5 and is wearing a gold jersey in a burgundy-dominated practice.
Wentz has already wowed his teammates with his arm talent. Holcomb referred to his right arm as a “cannon” after Tuesday’s practice, but the 29-year-old quarterback was precise and confident with his delivery. During the first 11-on-11 drill, Wentz’s passes were on-target. And even the ones that didn’t hit receivers in his chest were out of harms way from defenders and still allowed his wideouts to make a play.
Yes, Wentz was intercepted (by Corn Elder!) on an underneath route, but that’s bound to happen this early into the spring. All in all, it’s been a strong debut for Wentz, but something else that stood out was who drew the most targets with McLaurin “holding out” of OTAs amid contract negotiations.
Per reports, rookie Jahan Dotson and 2021 third-rounder Dyami Brown were the recipients of the bulk of Wentz’s dropbacks on Tuesday. We’re only three practices in, but this is definitely something to monitor with McLaurin unlikely to report to the team for at least the next few weeks, if not longer.