Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz reflects on his time with the Philadelphia Eagles

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Ashburn, Va. — Quarterback Carson Wentz went from backup to bench to trade just five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Sunday, when the Washington Commanders host the Eagles, Wentz will be something else: an opponent.

Wentz tried to downplay facing his former team on Sunday, but admitted he had nothing but his timing. He became a controversial figure in Philadelphia.

“It’s definitely been a wild ride,” Wentz said of his time with the Eagles.

Philadelphia drafted Wentz with the second pick of the 2016 draft, trading up twice to land him from the 13th overall pick. Wentz was touted as an MVP candidate until he tore his left ACL and LCL in Week 14 of 2017. Less than two months later, the Eagles sidelined him and won the Super Bowl.

After two — after signing a four-year contract extension — Wentz threw for a club-record 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Then the Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft. Wentz, though still considered a top-tier quarterback, struggled that season. He was benched for the Hurts after 12 games and traded to Indianapolis in the offseason.

“My life has been a whirlwind,” Wentz said.

To say the least. The Hurricanes landed him in another trade last offseason in Washington. After two games, Wentz did what the Commanders (1-1) expected, throwing seven touchdown passes to two interceptions.

But until his last season in Philadelphia, it was hard to imagine him playing anywhere else. He called it a curve ball as a way of life. Wentz said he described his confidence to push forward.

“It doesn’t hold you back, things change and you have to learn to grow and change and adapt,” he said. “Your perspective changes in life, in your work, in everything. I always look back and say I could have been better here as a person, as a partner. But I thank God for the experiences I’ve had. Sometimes they were dark or I thought I should be. , but it allowed me to grow, and I’m grateful for that.”

Wentz’s new teammates say they haven’t noticed anything different about him this week.

“He approaches every week with the same mindset,” Washington receiver Terry McLaurin said. “But he’s a competitor, you know he wants to beat everybody; that means something. That’s where we come in as playmakers, so he doesn’t think he has to win the game.”

After Sunday’s loss to Detroit, Wentz said facing the Eagles was “another game.” And he said he was trying to make the game “bigger than it needs to be”. When the Commanders play in Philadelphia, Nov., the feeling will be different. 14.

Also, the Eagles changed coaches after he was traded. The front office is mostly the same, but a lot of players are gone on the field.

In 2017, Wentz threw 33 touchdown passes despite playing in just 13 games. Only Seattle’s Russell Wilson scored 34 that season. Wentz helped the Eagles hold home field advantage throughout those playoffs, helping them reach the Super Bowl. That’s why, Wentz said, despite the tough decision, his time wasn’t bad.

“There are a lot of real good memories from my time there, not going to lie,” he said. “I made a lot of great friends, a lot of great relationships, so I definitely have mixed emotions … It was a fun two years when I was there. I definitely cherish my time.”

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