Commanders' Carson Wentz not feeling pressure in Washington

Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts in Februarie 2021, Wentz was unable to prove to Indianapolis and head coach Frank Reich he was their franchise quarterback moving forward.

Carson Wentz (11) of the Washington Commanders stretches before the Washington Commanders' practice June 1, 2022, at the Park in Ashburn, sal.

Carson Wentz (11) of the Washington Commanders stretches before the Washington Commanderspractice June 1, 2022, at the Park in Ashburn, sal. (John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wentz was traded to Washington in March, and some believe this stop is his last chance to prove he belongs as a starting quarterback.

Troy Aikman, an analyst for “Maandagaand Sokker,” believes this is it for Wentz, saying in May that Wentz has reached the end of his opportunities to prove he’s a franchise QB.

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“ek dink dat, nou dadelik, Carson had an opportunity; it didn’t end well in Philadelphia, natuurlik,” Aikman said, according to NFL.com. “He then got traded to Indianapolis. Didn’t go great for him there. They decided to make another change at that position, and now he’s landed in Washington.

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner and Taylor Heinicke (4) watch as Carson Wentz (11) of the Washington Commanders throws during practice at INOVA Sports Performance Center June 8, 2022, in Ashburn, sal.

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner and Taylor Heinicke (4) watch as Carson Wentz (11) of the Washington Commanders throws during practice at INOVA Sports Performance Center June 8, 2022, in Ashburn, sal. (Scott Taetsch / Getty Images)

This is probably his last opportunity — just being blunt about it — to prove that he can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.

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Wentz was asked about Aikman’s comments following Washington’s minicamp practice Wednesday, and Wentz didn’t seem bothered.

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I didn’t know that was said, eerlik,” Wentz told reporters Wednesday. “I’m fine with it. Everyone’s got their own opinion. I’m just excited to be playing. Be playing this game, have this opportunity. I think we have the ability to do something special here, and we have a really good skill set offensively to be dynamic.

Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders reacts during practice at INOVA Sports Performance Center June 8, 2022, in Ashburn, sal.

Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders reacts during practice at INOVA Sports Performance Center June 8, 2022, in Ashburn, sal. (Scott Taetsch / Getty Images)

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“Vir my, I don’t try to put too much pressure on myself. I always have high expectations for myself and for the offense, but I don’t try and play those types of games. I don’t have enough mental space to process all of that. It can wear on you. So, for me, I just show up and try to be the best I can be. Go home and be the best I can be as a father and as a husband, come back and do it again.

Wentz, die Nee. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL-konsep, put up solid numbers in his only year in Indianapolis, but he struggled down the stretch of the season, watter resulted in the Colts missing out on the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.

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