JR: Indy is ‘the best place’ for Wentz to turn career around – CBS Sports Radio – CBS Sports Radio

Posted: March 20, 2021 at 3:18 am

The Indianapolis Colts are adamant about Carson Wentz's ability to take the franchise to new heights. But is the 28-year-old quarterback still capable of fulfilling such a tall order?

The answer is yes, according to JR.

"Carson Wentz should view this trade, this opportunity, this fresh start in Indianapolis, he should view this just as utopia," JR said on CBS Sports Radio's JR SportBrief show on Thursday. "He should take the bull, grab it by the horns, win the division, and set his career back up. Because for what we saw last year, Carson Wentz wasn't a Pro Bowl player. Carson Wentz wasn't an ascending star. Carson Wentz played a role in the Philadelphia Eagles becoming a joke. You can also thank Howie Roseman for that as well -- shoutout to the man who runs the show in Philly. Oh yeah, that's right, they did win a Super Bowl a few years ago and then they fell into the toilet...

"Carson Wentz can escape that. And I believe, in Indianapolis, this is the best place for Carson Wentz to turn it around. And I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to say that the Colts will go to the playoffs with Carson Wentz, and for right now, I would favor them to win the division. Let's see how they round out and try to bring back some members of that defense... But this Colts team, Carson Wentz, is he going to bounce back? I think the answer is yes. I don't think there's a better spot for him to bounce back with than his old coach, Frank Reich, in an offense that doesn't need to solely rely on him."

Wentz, the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, started and played only 11 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. He finished the campaign with career-low marks in touchdowns (16), completions (251), completion percentage (57.4), and passing yards (2,620). To make matters worse, Wentz also threw a career-high 15 interceptions, and was sacked 50 times.

The bar should be set somewhat high for Wentz in Indianapolis, as the Colts (11-5) finished the 2020 regular season as an AFC wild card team. And if Wentz is wondering what the franchise is looking for in terms of production, 39-year-old quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for 4,169 yards and 24 touchdowns in 16 games last year.

You can follow the JR SportBrief show on Twitter @JRSportBrief and Tom Hanslin @TomHanslin.

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