Why Commanders fans should be optimistic about Carson Wentz
Best QB the franchise has had in years
Wentz does not need to win MVP in order to be a major upgrade at QB for the Commanders, nor does he need to be anything other than what he has been. A basic stat comparison from the last 4 years shows that the Commanders are getting a clear upgrade in QB output compared to what they have.
While Wentz’s numbers may not blow you away they are consistently in line with a clear upgrade over Washington’s slew of Quarterbacks since Kirk Cousin’s departure.
Best Supporting Cast of Wentz’s Career
Wentz has had exactly two 1,000-yard receivers, Zach Ertz in 2018 and Michael Pittman Jr. last year in 2021. In 2019, Wentz brought the Eagles to a division title, starting all 16 games, despite his three leading receivers being: Ertz who had 88 receptions, 916 yards, and six TDs, TE Dallas Goedert, who posted a receiving line of 58/607/5, and RB Miles Sanders with 50/509/3.
Terry McLaruin, assuming he does not hold out amid contract negotiations, will slot in as the best receiver Wentz has ever had at his disposal. First round pick Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, and the rest of the receiving room will give Wentz plenty of options. There is a distinct possibility that this supporting cast is the best Wentz has had in his career. Former Washington QB Robert Griffin III seems to think this is as good of a group of weapons as the team has had in a long time.
The Bottom Line
Wentz is a very capable quarterback who is behind a very good offensive line, and has the best group of weapons he has had in his career. He is most likely not going to show up in 2017 MVP form, but he is most likely going to show up as Washington’s best quarterback since Kirk Cousins. A team that had a difficult strength of schedule a year ago and won 7 games, now has an upgrade at QB and one of the more favorable schedules in the league. Commander’s fans have every reason to be excited and should not buy into the idea that the Wentz trade is already a disaster. The truth is Wentz is a low risk high reward investment that should help the team reach its ceiling in 2022.