Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 new players in AFC South to worry about in 2021
Carson Wentz could give the Jacksonville Jaguars fits.
Not every player that joined the AFC South did it via the draft nor free agency. The Colts needed a signal-caller after veteran Philip Rivers announced his retirements this offseason. Indy’s brass found a suitable replacement in Carson Wentz, who was a top-10 quarterback as recently as 2019.
Yes, Wentz had a down year in 2020. He was erratic and threw a career-high 15 interceptions. Moreover, there were reports he didn’t take criticism well and that he believed the coaching staff worked for him instead of with him. This may or may not be true but the 2016 second overall pick wasn’t the sole reason his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles were a dumpster fire last year.
Philly’s front office mismanaged their salary cap and relied on aging veterans instead of bringing in young talent. Also, Wentz had to play behind a patched-up offensive line most of the year, so even if deserves some of the blame for his regression last year, he was far from the only problem in Philadelphia. In the end, the Colts got the quarterback in exchange for a third-round pick in 2021 and a conditional 2022 second-round selection.
Wentz is not fully broken and might have fallen into the perfect situation. Indianapolis’ head coach Frank Reich was his offensive coordinator when the Eagles won Super Bowl 52. Furthermore, Colts senior offensive assistant Press Taylor was his quarterback coach in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. If someone can help Wentz get his career back on track is the duo of Reich and Taylor and the Jacksonville Jaguars will now have to take on him twice a year.