With pre-season about to get underway the last thing any team needs is to lose one of their key players. That’s exactly what has happened to the Indianapolis Colts with Carson Wentz though; the starting quarterback has picked up an injury. Here we look at what we know about the injury and where the Colts might turn to solve the issue.
The Wentz dilemma
The Colts bought in Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles with the hopes that he could take them to the next level and win a Super Bowl. That investment isn’t quite turning out how they would hope; Wentz has suffered a serious foot injury that is expected to keep him out for an extended period of time.
Full and official detail of the injury hasn’t been released; we do know that it’s a major break to his foot with surgery the likely action that the medical team opt to take. The team initially declared him out for an undetermined period of time with the hope that rest would solve his problem; scans quickly proved that wouldn’t do much to help.
Surgery is now the route that Wentz and the Colts are heading. That gives them a timescale of around 12 weeks and then he’ll need to get back up to speed before having his usual impact on the side. Ordinarily, that could see Wentz miss a huge chunk of the regular season. Fortunately, the Colts are just a week into practice, which gives them plenty of time to assess their options ahead of week one.
So, what are the options?
Option 1: Next Man Up Mentality
Jacob Eason is currently the number two quarterback on the depth chart for the Colts; he has been since he was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Washington graduate is yet to play a snap for the team in both the regular season and preseason but the team obviously likes what they have seen from him; he wouldn’t still be around if they didn’t.
In truth, if Indianapolis doesn’t want to shell out big bucks for someone else then Eason could end up getting the nod early on to cover Wentz. The early matches of pre-season might define whether he gets a crack at it or not. Eason will be given a chance with plenty of reps for the first team. It will give a good indication of what the Colts need to do.
Option 2: Explore The Trade Market
If you assume that the Colts see Eason as too big of a risk then the only option available is the trade market; that’s not straightforward though with those available somewhat limited. Nick Foles would be one of the biggest and most obvious choices; his Super Bowl winning experience in this league would be a huge asset.
Foles also had his most successful year with Frank Reich controlling the offense in 2017; that’s something similar to how the Colts are set up right now. Throw into the mix that Foles is the third string quarterback on the Chicago Bears and will likely be on the bench the whole year and all of a sudden he could be available for an incredibly cheap price if the Colts move.
Another possible option for the Colts is Gardner Minshew from the Jacksonville Jaguars. It wouldn’t be an easy deal to complete with Minshew very much a promising quarterback on the roster of a rival side; the reason it’s still a possibility is because the Jaguars aren’t likely to need him anytime soon. Some fans believe he’s competing for the starting quarterback job. He isn’t. There is simply no way he starts in their season opener with Trevor Lawrence healthy.
Minshew has shown flashes during his time on the field for the Jaguars but he found it tough to really impact things with quality somewhat lacking around him. Throw him into a starting situation with a loaded Colts roster and great coaching staff and he could end up flipping the script on his career trajectory. It just might be worth trading for the young quarterback instead of waiting Wentz’s recovery out.
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