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Carson Wentz To Be Back-up QB For Rest Of The Season

Written by Tony Ghaul

Three straight years and three different teams, Carson Wentz has lost the starting QB job again.

The Washington Commanders are promoting Taylor Heinicke to the starting QB role over Carson Wentz, as per Ian Rapoport. Heinicke has led the team to three wins in the last four games.

“Heinicke will start today against the Texans, with Carson Wentz not quite ready to return from his finger injury. And as one source explained, Heinicke will remain the starting QB until he’s not. In other words, until there is no choice but to make a move.”

The future for Carson Wentz is quite unclear. At this point in the 2017 season, the NFL’s MVP favorite wasn’t Tom Brady. It wasn’t Aaron Rodgers. It was the second-year starter Philadelphia drafted second overall from North Dakota State. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl that season with Wentz sidelined with an ACL injury, and suddenly things began to take a turn.

Carson Wentz QB of the Philadelphia Eagles was having a MVP season before injuring his knee. Photo courtsey of Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Wentz has struggled with critical interceptions, poor clock management or lack of game awareness. His other major problem has been holding a locker room together. Reporting in Philadelphia and Indianapolis at the time of Wentz’s respective departures showed how he lost the locker rooms and sparred with the front office.

The Commanders picked Wentz up to replace Taylor Heinicke in the offseason. Unfortunately, he could only muster up a 2-4 record before his injury. Barring a catastrophic collapse by Heinicke, Wentz will likely ride the bench for the rest of the season.

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz. Photo courtsey of Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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