Colts Linebacker Darius Leonard Believes Carson Wentz Has All He Needs To Thrive at Indy

Published 06/24/2021, 11:46 AM EDT


For Carson Wentz, last season was nothing short of a nightmare. Once a hero at Philly, the quarterback became the city’s most wanted after a horrific showing in 2020.

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Throwing 16 touchdowns for 15 interceptions, the once MVP hopeful had his worst year in the league so far. And to cap off the disaster show was him being benched by rookie QB Jalen Hurts in the latter half of the season.

Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts after a play during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

But all hope is not lost for the quarterback. Despite Wentz’s woeful 2020 form, the Indianapolis Colts decided to trade the former Eagles QB to lead their offense in 2021.

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And at Indy, Colts linebacker Darius Leonard believes Wentz will have all the resources he needs to turn his fortunes around.

Indy the perfect landing spot for Carson Wentz

Speaking to USAToday.com, Leonard said that at Indy, Wentz will have all the tools he needs to prosper and guide the side back to the playoffs. 

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“We have a great offensive line that’s going to protect him. In my opinion, We have the best backfield in the NFL. And we have these great skill guys on the outside. He came into a perfect place to have success,” said Leonard.

Leonard further praised the quarterback’s ability to gel in and take command of the quarterback room.

 

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“You would think he’s been in this locker room for about seven years,” Leonard said “He has this presence about him and his leadership role, and that’s what you need in a quarterback room… We believe in him. We know who he is, and we know what he can be. I can’t wait to see what he and coach Frank are going to step up and do.”

The Colts have taken a risk with Wentz, one that could go either way. If all goes well, the Colts might get to see the 2017 Carson Wentz that set the league on fire with 33 touchdowns. 

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But if it’s a repeat of his 2020 season with Philly, the side might be in search of a new QB1 very soon. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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