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Carson Wentz in 'different' role backing up Patrick Mahomes: 'I'll keep finding ways I can help'

7/9/2024 4:03:38 PM
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Last offseason, Carson Wentz waited for a potential starting quarterback role that never materialized. This spring, the former MVP candidate quickly jumped into a spot behind the best quarterback in the NFL, signing a deal in Kansas City to back up Patrick Mahomes.

For the first time in his career, Wentz is entering a season as a clear backup. He is taking the correct mental approach, acknowledging last month during offseason practices that he's there to help aid Mahomes, Kevin Patra of reports.

"We're still early," Wentz said, via ESPN. "We're only in here a handful of hours every day and a couple days a week, and it's not quite the grind that it will be. So that'll keep evolving and kind of how I find my place, so to speak. But Pat and I already have a great relationship and that'll keep growing and I'll keep finding ways I can help.

"I'll find a way to help him whatever way I can, whether that's off the field, on the field, whatever."

Coach Andy Reid spoke glowingly of the former first-round pick, mentioning his play in the one start for the Los Angeles Rams last season.

"Carson, I know, did a nice job when he worked with the Rams [last season], had a nice game for him actually when he played for them right at the end there," Reid said. "We welcome him in. We talked to him last year when we were talking to Blaine, and he was holding off for an opportunity to possibly start. It was good to get him in this position and if he has an opportunity to play, he has an opportunity to play.

"Carson looks sharp. He's picking things up fast, smart guy, and he fits in well. Seems like a heck of a person, and he's good in that [quarterback] room."

Wentz admitted he's entering 2024 with a different perspective, knowing he has no shot to unseat the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

"It's different," Wentz said. "I'm not going to lie. I'm trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, formulate a relationship with all these guys and just keep getting better on the field. ... You've got to always be ready to go when called upon, so it's no different in that regard."

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