Carson Wentz is no stranger to the NFC East. After all, he was drafted and played five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, now he is on the newly named Washington Commanders as he joins his second team in as many seasons. As training camp begins, all eyes will be on the new highly paid quarterback, and at the start, Carson Wentz is struggling.
Wentz and the offense are struggling at the start of training camp
It should not be a surprise that a brand new quarterback will struggle to mesh with a new scheme and new players to start the long NFL season. However, Wentz is not a rookie quarterback, and he is not getting paid like one either. Wentz is set to make around $28 million this season.
The Commanders are looking to obtain a high-power offense, as head coach Ron Rivera has suggested in the past. Rivera also believes Wentz is the quarterback who can handle the workload for the Commanders.
The Commanders are in win-now mode
Washington fans have suffered through their fair share of miserable seasons. The 2021 season was an average season, with a playoff berth just slipping away towards the end of the season. It should be a good season to build on. However, fans and the organization is getting impatient, and winning is taking priority now.
However, despite the win-now mode, Washington fans still have a lot of questions, and rightfully so. Is Wentz the quarterback that can help them win now? After all, he was the blame for the Colts missing the playoffs last year. The Eagles were frustrated with his performance as well. Will Washington, with a history of not developing quarterbacks, be able to get the best out of him?
Furthermore, Washington had a quiet off-season. The biggest move was to trade for Wentz, and Washington arguably overpaid for the quarterback sending a 2022 second-round pick and two future third-round picks. Furthermore, they made disagreeable roster moves to free the salary for Wentz.
Therefore, there is a high amount of eyeballs on Wentz, and the pressure will be centered around the quarterback. Struggling at the start of training camp is not the best start.
Wentz is bringing confidence to the Commanders’ training camp
However, despite the struggles early on, Wentz is establishing himself as a leader in the locker room. His confidence is being noticed, and this is a positive side for the Commanders. Struggles are inevitable, but if Wentz can be a leader, Washington will be heading in the right direction.