Colts play Carson Wentz late in blowout, increasing chance they send first-round pick to Eagles

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The Colts ended their 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night with a kneeldown, which is no surprise. But the fact that starting quarterback Carson Wentz took that kneeldown was great news for the Eagles.

The terms of the trade that sent Wentz from Philadelphia to Indianapolis say that the Eagles get the Colts’ 2022 first-round pick if Wentz plays 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps this season, or if Wentz plays 70 percent of snaps and the Colts make the playoffs. Otherwise, the Eagles get the Colts’ second-round pick.

If the Colts wanted to prioritize protecting their first-round pick, an easy way to do it would be to take Wentz out of games that have already been decided. But that’s not what they’re doing. Wentz played 100 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps on Thursday night, even though the game was never really in doubt in the second half. Wentz also played 100 percent of the Colts’ offensive snap in their 31-3 win over the Texans.

Through nine games, Wentz has played more than 99 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps. It’s still possible that a Wentz injury could prevent the Colts from sending their first-round pick to the Eagles, but at this point the worst-case scenario for the Colts might be an injury that would force Wentz to miss the last few games of the season: That could be enough to kill any remaining hopes of making the playoffs, but not enough to drop Wentz below the 75 percent threshold.

For the Eagles, seeing Wentz play every snap is great news. Philadelphia also has its own first-round pick as well as Miami’s and is poised to be in great shape on draft day.

18 responses to “Colts play Carson Wentz late in blowout, increasing chance they send first-round pick to Eagles

  1. “Wentz played 100 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps on Thursday night, even though the game was never really in doubt in the second half”
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    It was never in doubt BECAUSE Wentz stayed out there. The fact the Jets were able to make it “close” near the end show that a fumble/interception by the colts earlier or if they had lacked moving the ball then the Nets could’ve been right in it. Sure you could take him out for the kneeldowns but does anyone really think 1 to 2 plays a week is going to drop his snap % drastically enough? If he continues to start without missing games then there is no little game the colts can play by pulling him out a few snaps each week to make a difference.

  2. Wentz doesn’t make reads. He predetermines who he’ll throw to, stares them down, and chucks it. You can’t un-see it once you start paying attention to it.

  3. The Colts just need to not give up on the season for 4 more games. Up next the Jags. I really think the Colts can do this … start Carson for 4 more games. The playoffs not so much.

  4. “It’s still possible that a Wentz injury could prevent the Colts from sending their first-round pick to the Eagles”

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    “Ohhhhh….it’s possible.”

    -Kramer

  5. But the Eagles still have Howie Roseman, so they are not “poised to be in great shape on draft day”…

  6. The Eagles are never in great shape on draft day because our GM is an unqualified sycophant who doesn’t know what he’s looking at on a football field. The only aspect of his job where he excels is managing his relationship with the team’s owner.

  7. The Eagles could have ten first round picks but with Howie doing the picking, that’s no guarantee of anything.

  8. Wentz isn’t the type of guy who is interested in being pulled from a game regardless of the reason. He wants to be out there from beginning to end, he’s just that type of guy. I also think the benching and him being out of games due to injury also gives Carson a different perspective, he values being out there for every snap. He has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove himself as not injury prone and a guy you can depend on in terms of availability and reliability.

  9. cleareyeview says:
    November 5, 2021 at 7:26 am
    But is there a QB better than Jalen Hurts in the 2022 draft?

    Maybe not, but there is defensive lineman at Georgia who literally breaks up passes by throwing offensive lineman into the air or into the QB.

  10. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    November 5, 2021 at 10:59 am
    cleareyeview says:
    November 5, 2021 at 7:26 am
    But is there a QB better than Jalen Hurts in the 2022 draft?

    Maybe not, but there is defensive lineman at Georgia who literally breaks up passes by throwing offensive lineman into the air or into the QB.

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    And Howie will won’t pick him. He will pick 3 guys who will be ok for a year or two and disappear or be hurt every game.

  11. Gotta disagree with PFT on this one. Taking Wentz out for some low percentage chance of saving the draft pick would be a silly thing to do and sends a message that the Colts are distracted and not singularly focused on winning football games. If Wentz is your #1 QB then you play him. Simple as that.

  12. Not wishing it on him, but just based on his history, there is a good chance he goes down with injury sometime in the second half of the season.

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