The Washington leaders Entering the first season of Carson Wentz era. Despite doubts about the midfielder’s accuracy, coach Ron Rivera was not “too concerned” about the 29-year-old.
Rivera admitted Wentz missed some shots, but said the midfielder’s accuracy was “much better” than some claim.
“I think he’s a lot better than you give him credit for just because of the way things happen in practice,” Rivera said of Wentz. “There are a lot of nuances that we see, look at and review. Yes, there are some errors, but nothing that we are overly concerned about.
“Again, we see what’s going on. And we see how things evolve. We see the timing and understand and feel just what’s going on with our concepts. And as we continue to grow and work on that, we feel like we’re going to keep growing and improving as an offensive unit.”
Washington took Wentz and the 47th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft from the Indianapolis Colts for the 42nd pick and two third-round picks. The previous year, Indianapolis had acquired Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles in the first and third round selection. He spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Eagles, who selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from North Dakota.
Wentz finished the 2021 season with 3,563 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 94.6-quarter rating, and completed 62.4% of his passes. In his final season in Philadelphia, Wentz completed only 57.4% of his throws.
Taylor Heneke was Washington’s primary quarterback in 2021 after Ryan Fitzpatrick sustained a season-ending hip injury in the team’s first-week game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Heinicke remains with the club as the main defender.
The leaders come out with a 7-10 campaign, which was good for third place in the NFC East. Rivera scored a 14-19 record during two seasons in Washington, winning a league title in his first year.
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