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Carson Wentz reflects on time with Eagles: 'A wild ride'

Sep
21
9/21/2022 10:32:20 PM
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Quarterback Carson Wentz went from savior to benched to traded in just five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Sunday, when the Washington Commanders host the Eagles, Wentz will be something else: the enemy.

Wentz tried to downplay facing his former team Sunday, but he also admitted his time there was anything but steady, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. He became a controversial figure in Philadelphia.

"It was definitely a wild ride," Wentz said of his time with the Eagles.

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

Two seasons later -- after signing a four-year contract extension -- Wentz threw for a club-record 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

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

"My career has been a whirlwind," said Wentz.

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