1A glass-is-half-full perspective on Wentz’s 2021 campaign
Which QB had a sterling 2,198/17/3 passing line through Week 9 last season? The allegedly awful Carson Wentz. Then, the Colts shifted to a run-heavy scheme. 58% of Jonathan Taylor’s carries came in those final eight games. Yes, Wentz has shown cracks that raise legitimate questions about his franchise-elevating abilities. But if Washington trusts him to make mistakes and keep flinging it, he could comfortably exceed his 2021 numbers.
2What impact might Jahan Dotson have?
In Indianapolis, Wentz had one go-to receiver (Michael Pittman), two 40+ reception RBs (Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines), and a smattering of tertiary options. He’s joining an almost identically top-heavy offense in Washington (of course, with the clear drop-off from Taylor to Antonio Gibson). The question is whether No. 16 overall draft pick Jahan Dotson will be the fourth difference-maker Wentz lacked in Indy.
3A pass-catching backfield
Speaking of which, Gibson struggled at times with a nagging injury last year, while McKissic missed six games. They still combined for 85 receptions, and both had 80%+ catch rates. Can they continue their efficient play through the air?
4Wild card: Brian Robinson
Third-round rookie Brian Robinson isn’t so much an X-factor but a wild card. He caught an impressive 35 balls in his final year at Alabama. If Wentz operates a fairly conservative offense, Robinson could be an intriguing asset for the veteran QB, particularly if Gibson or McKissic get hurt again.
5Wentz has almost always leaned on his TEs
We know what Terry McLaurin will do (or at least roughly what he’ll do). The more pointed question is, what will Logan Thomas do? One of the biggest TE breakouts in 2020, Thomas struggled with injuries last year, mustering only six games.
In 2019, Wentz’s top two receivers in Philadelphia were TEs Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. In fact, in all five seasons with the Eagles, Wentz’s top receiver (receptions and yards) was always — yes, always — a TE. A full season of Thomas could be the unlikely key to a Wentz resurgence.