While Wentz has not publicly commented on his new number, one can make an educated guess as to why he chose to wear number 2 in Indianapolis. Wentz wore No. 20 in high school, and when you add 1 and 1 together you get No. 2. No matter why, Wentz has a new number as well as a fresh start with the Colts after spending the last five seasons. in Philadelphia.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to coach Carson again and he will be a fantastic addition to this organization,” said Colts coach Frank Reich, who worked with Wentz in Philadelphia as the offensive coordinator of the Eagles. “I have the greatest respect for him as a competitor and his integrity as a man. Carson will bring great leadership to our locker room and be an asset to the Colts on the field and in our community. ”
The Colts have had some success recently with veteran quarterbacks. Philip Rivers helped guide the Colts to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his one and only season in Indianapolis. Like Rivers last season, Wentz will be protected by one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, led by All-Pro goaltender Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly. Wentz will also have the luxury of handing the ball over to Jonathan Taylor, whose 1,169 rushing yards last season were the most numerous among rookie running backs. Wentz will also be complemented by a defense that finished 10th in the NFL in points allowed last season.
Indianapolis will need to rebuild its receiving corps, however, with TY Hilton expected to sign with a new free agency team. The Colts thankfully have a plethora of relatively affordable receivers to choose from in free agency, including Will Fuller, Sammy Watkins, Rashard Higgins, Antonio Brown and David Moore, among others.
As they try to add more playmakers to their offense, the Colts already have their starting quarterback at Wentz, who is looking to revitalize his career after a shaky end to his tenure at the Eagles.
“We’re excited to add Carson to our team and know he will contribute to the culture we’ve established here,” said Colts general manager Chris Ballard. “We think Carson’s relationship with Frank and his familiarity with our offensive staff made him the right move for our organization. “