Carson Wentz not feeling pressure: I just show up, try and be the best I can be

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Carson Wentz is playing for his third franchise in as many seasons. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

When the Eagles traded up to select the quarterback second overall in 2016, they thought they were getting their franchise quarterback. Wentz had an MVP-caliber season in 2017 before tearing an ACL. It remains his only Pro Bowl season.

In the past four seasons, Wentz’s teams are 26-29-1 in his starts and he has 91 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 90.8 passer rating.

Now with Washington, Wentz might have his final opportunity as a starting quarterback. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman suggested the rest of Wentz’s career rides on what he does this seaosn.

Wentz, though, said he feels no pressure in what appears a make-or-break season.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself,” Wentz said Wednesday, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBCSportsWashington.com. “I always have high expectations for myself and for the offense, but I don’t try to play those types of games. I don’t have enough mental space to kind of process all that. It can wear on you. So for me, I just show up, try and be the best I can be.”

Wentz’s final season in Philadelphia and his only season in Indianapolis ended badly. Both teams traded him.

Washington, though, has the same hopes for Wentz that the Eagles and Colts did when they acquired him. The Commanders have started six different quarterbacks in Ron Rivera’s two seasons as head coach.

“I wouldn’t say I feel that in the building by any means or at practice or anything,” Wentz said. “Listen, I’d like for nothing more than to play here for a long time and have a lot of success, but I’m going to take one day at a time. I’m not going to put that extra added pressure onto myself. [I’m] just going to enjoy it and make the most of it.”

15 responses to “Carson Wentz not feeling pressure: I just show up, try and be the best I can be

  1. Wentz beat Cousins twice in 2017. They were pretty much beat downs too. Say what you will, but Wentz is the best QB Washington has had in a long time.

  2. Wentz is another “high ceiling” QB we keep hearing about that has underachieved. Like Troy Aikman said this is his last chance.

  3. I honestly believe you Wentz, and there is no pressure on the WR’S to catch the ball either.

  4. Wentz will be out of the league in 2 years. He really is that bad. Arrogant and won’t take coaching orders

  5. I still root for the guy when he’s not playing us, but I have strong doubts he can redeem himself. Wentz was bad for a lot of 2019 until he turned it around against bad teams. He sucked in the playoff game before he got injured. He was absolutely awful in 2020. He showed flashes last year but ultimately melted down under pressure and refused to adjust. He still thinks he’s Superman. Hasn’t been that since November of 2017. If you can’t get along with Doug and Frank, you can’t get along with anyone.

  6. This is a great situation for Wentz. Washington has a history of mediocre quarterback play of late, so the bar is set low. Wentz doesn’t need to be a pro bowl quarterback to have a successful run in DC. Not a lot of options out there for DC, so I suspect he’ll be with the team a few years unless the bottom falls out.

  7. scottk1006 says:
    June 8, 2022 at 6:38 pm
    Wentz beat Cousins twice in 2017. They were pretty much beat downs too. Say what you will, but Wentz is the best QB Washington has had in a long time.

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    2017 was 5 years ago. The last guy who vouched for Wentz had to fall on his sword after one year in order to keep his job. Washington only traded for a guy, who everyone knew was getting released, because they can’t get FA QBs to sign with an org which is a huge PR nightmare and is being investigated by the NFL and congress.

  8. He’s not feeling any pressure this season?? If that’s true then he’s accepted the fact he’s just not a good starting QB. Washington has a lot of experience with crappy bad QBs so he will fit right in with Washington. There QBs have been so bad over the years Washingtons front office and fan base will probably think he’s the second coming of Peyton Manning.

  9. Two years ago teams were going to fight to take on this clown as he had not been exposed for being stupid, reckless, and oblivious to coaching. Now he gets to play for the Commodes where he becomes the flush specialist. How the mighty have fallen.

  10. Hate to say something bad about a player who has had so much adversity to work through. I think that he can be good for Washington. I think that he is an upgrade from their last 14 or 15 starting QBs … I think he has a great deal left in the tank, unlike when they brought McNabb in, when he was on the downward slope.
    Sure, I want to birds to beat Washington two, or if necessary 3 times a year. But I’d like to see Washington beat the cowboys and the giants twice a year. So good luck to Wentz in Washington, thanks for 2017 and the efforts in 2018/2019. There were plenty of high spots, Philly has moved on, we should wish him luck in his career.

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