Yes, ladies and gentlemen, he hasn’t even been gone for a full year yet, but as a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you’ve probably had one eye on the Indianapolis Colts all season to see what Carson Wentz was and is doing. Now, our reasons might be different. Some of you are still fans of his, and that’s completely understandable, but around these parts, we’re monitoring snap counts.
You remember the terms of that trade that sent Carson to Indy don’t you? Philly’s former QB1 was shipped to the Colts on March 17th of 2021 in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional second-round pick.
Now, here’s where things got interesting. The conditions of that second-rounder stated that it could become a first if Carson did one of two things. He had to either (A) finish the season having played 75 percent of Indy’s offensive snaps during the regular season, or he needed to (B) lead the Colts to the playoffs while having been on the field for 70 percent of the offensive snaps.
It took 15 weeks and 14 games, but we may have some good news to report.
Carson Wentz gift wraps one for the Eagles in Week 15.
It looks like the Eagles might be awarded that third first-round draft choice after all! Judging by our calculations, which aren’t perfect, Indy’s QB1 will finish the season having eclipsed the 75 percent mark regardless of what happens the rest of the way.
Carson Wentz isn’t known for his sturdiness from a physical standpoint. Year one of his era (2016) went on without much of a hitch, but he was lost for the season in 2017 in the midst of what would become a Super Bowl run in 2017 with an ACL tear.
Year three came, and Philly lost its signal-caller as it was learned that he had literally been playing with broken bones in his back. There was also the concussion that he suffered in his one and only playoff start versus the Seattle Seahawks.
You all know the saying though. That was then, and this is now. In Week 15, he was on the field for all 55 of the Colts’ offensive snaps, and that gives him 909 offensive snaps for the season. That’s an average of just under 65 per contest which is relatively high, but no worries.
With that being said, if he continues as he has to this point, he’s due somewhere around another 192 snaps during the final three games. That’s a long-winded way of stating that the Eagles should be golden.
High-five your homies. Pass out a few cigars. Philadelphia is almost assured of that conditional second-rounder becoming a first-round choice.
There’s just one problem, and this is a big one. Howie Roseman will be in charge of making those picks. Wouldn’t you know it? Throw this one in the category of one of those good news/bad news scenarios, but it’s still something worth tossing around with your friends.