As Wentz dives into his latest reclamation project, he offers little in grand, sweeping overtures of what lies ahead. He is just trying to improve on a daily basis – in every way on the field and off.
“I mean, you’re always trying to learn, always trying to be a better teammate, a better friend,” he said. “Trying to be a better husband every day, a better father every day. I’m always trying to learn and grow and be reflective and say, ‘OK, I missed that opportunity.’ I missed that opportunity to make an impact on a younger guy or to be associated with a teammate or whatever that looks like. Both sides of the ball, coaches, equipment staff, training staff. I’m gonna make mistakes. You know, I’ll be the first to admit it. in every way, shape and form. “
If all goes well for Wentz and Washington, he’ll be coming to the Commanders’ QB1 for the seasons after they spend a pair of third-round picks to get him from the Colts. Wentz is hopeful of settling in with Washington, but again, he’s not looking that far ahead.
“I didn’t say I felt in the building by any means or in practice or anything,” Wentz said when asked if he feels more of a need to be solidified as a long-term franchise QB. “You ‘ll hear things from fans when you’re out in public and those sorts of things. Listen, I like nothing more than to play here for a long time and have a lot of success, but I’m going to Take one day at a time, you know, and not put that extra added pressure on ourselves like we were talking about earlier and just enjoy it and make the most of it. “
So, at this point with June heating up, there’s not much to judge as to how Wentz is carrying along with the Commanders. Nonetheless, head coach Ron Rivera likes what he sees so far.
“I really like his command of our offense,” Rivera said, probably (hopefully) pun intended.
Rivera and Wentz are at the helm of the Commanders’ hopes to turn things around following the club’s fifth consecutive losing season. The veteran head coach is pleased with what he’s glimpsed of Wentz’s intangibles so far.
“When you hear him in the huddle, you hear him talk to his teammates about certain aspects of the play,” Rivera said. “He gets it and seeing him getting his teammates lined up and communicating is I think a real positive for us. I know it gives me confidence, but when he is in the huddle calling the plays the way he does, I know his teammates can. feel the confidence. “
Wentz is downplaying any focus on being his newest team’s franchise QB or any other notion that this is his last chance. But it will be a prevailing theme for Washington in 2022. In the franchise’s first season as the Commanders, will Wentz lead the QB into a new era?