Rivera instructed NBC Sports Commanders he firmly believes that Wentz will “bounce back” from the nightmarish efficiency in Week 3.
Against the Eagles, Wentz accomplished passes on simply 45% of his drop-backs, per Pro Football Focus. The 9 sacks he took within the recreation have been an enormous contributor to his inefficient efficiency and have been essentially the most taken by any quarterback in a recreation this season.
Despite the setback, Rivera nonetheless likes what he sees out of Wentz. “He’s a very resilient young man,” Rivera mentioned in that very same interview. But except that resiliency begins to translate to Wentz persistently main this workforce to victory, he might shortly squander his final likelihood at being a starter within the NFL.
Because whereas Rivera stays steadfast in his dedication to Wentz on the sector, the Commanders can minimize ties with Wentz within the offseason with out incurring a lifeless cap hit, per The Sporting News.
And the Commanders have a motive to maintain Wentz on a brief leash. The Indianapolis Star reminds us of an essential stipulation within the Commanders’ offseason commerce with the Colts to carry Wentz to D.C. According to Scott Horner, “if Wentz plays 70% of the Commanders’ snaps, a 2023 third-round pick becomes a second-rounder.”
Per Pro Football Reference, throughout final yr’s first 17-game season, NFL groups averaged 1076.5 offensive performs over the course of the season, a mean of 63.3 performs per recreation. Using final yr’s workforce averages, to achieve that 70% threshold Wentz would must be the workforce’s quarterback for 754 performs. Based on the 63.3 performs per recreation common, Wentz would attain that whole after 12 video games.
But to get there, Wentz might want to present extra of what was on show of their Week 1 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wentz started the season with back-to-back 300-yard passing video games, averaging over seven yards per move try. But he crashed again to Earth towards the Eagles, throwing for simply 211 yards and a mean of 4.91 yards per try. During the workforce’s two-game shedding streak, Wentz has been sacked 14 instances.
Since the start of the 2020 season, Wentz is 13-18-1 (.406) as a starter.