Los Angeles Rams Eye Carson Wentz as Potential Backup Amid Stafford’s Injury Woes

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The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly finalizing a deal to sign Carson Wentz pending a physical, as disclosed by NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero citing a reliable source. Initial reports of this move came from Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston.

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During Week 9, Rams‘ quarterback Matthew Stafford was sidelined due to a thumb injury, leading to Brett Rypien stepping in as a backup. Unfortunately, Rypien’s performance fell short, marking the end of his time in L.A. as Pelissero confirmed the team’s decision to waive the veteran player.

With the Rams on a bye in Week 10, head coach Sean McVay expressed optimism about Stafford’s return after the break. Nevertheless, the addition of Wentz to the quarterback room provides added depth and support.

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Carson Wentz, the former second overall pick in the 2016 draft following Jared Goff, faced challenges since his impressive 2017 season, which was marred by an ACL injury. After five seasons with the Eagles, Wentz moved to Indianapolis in 2019 but struggled during his tenure, notably in the 2021 season, marked by turnovers and inconsistent play, culminating in a disappointing end for the Colts.

His subsequent trade to the Washington Commanders did not yield the desired results either. The Commanders’ season saw initial struggles, an injury sidelining Wentz, and ultimately, his return in a crucial Week 17 game resulting in a loss that dashed the team’s playoff hopes.

The Commanders released Wentz in February, and since then, he remained a free agent. Despite a recent history of challenges on the field, there’s a glimmer of hope with insights suggesting his offseason work with Jon Gruden, a mentor to Rams’ coach McVay.

Wentz’s recent performance has not been stellar, plagued by pressure and errors more commonly associated with younger, inexperienced players. However, McVay’s ability to make the Baker Mayfield experiment successful on short notice gives rise to optimism. Stafford’s injury situation might provide Wentz with an opportunity for a resurgence in L.A., akin to what was witnessed when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Mayfield as their starter in 2023 due to McVay’s coaching.

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