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In lots of ways, Carson Wentz’s debut with the Washington Commanders on Sunday reflected his career overall.
He flashed tantalizing ability, finishing 27-of-41 for 313 yards and four touchdowns. He also had several disastrous moments, including two fourth-quarter interceptions that put the Commanders in a 22-14 deficit contrary to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
During his time with the Philadelphia Eagles or Indianapolis Colts, such errors may have spiraled for Wentz. Instead, he led the team to a 28-22 comeback win, and head coach Ron Rivera told Albert Breer of the MMQB following the game he was thankful to possess Wentz on the team regardless of the up-and-down start:
“Everything he’s been through the last year or two, it sort of feels as though us. We have been stepped on. We have been pushed around. Each and every time, people pay attention to how many other people say about us. And I simply felt he easily fit into and he deserved to learn that people really appreciated him, we really wanted him and we were pleased to have him on we. THEREFORE I just wanted him to learn that thats how exactly we all felt.
“He’s the guy we wished to be here. We wanted him to be our quarterback. And we just believe that lots of things that he’s been through, we can relate with.”
You will have tougher tests ahead for Washington when compared to a young, rebuilding Jaguars side. But Wentz bouncing back from adversity to lead a comeback win is nonetheless an excellent sign.