Colts Star Michael Pittman Jr. Calls Carson Wentz a ‘Chill Guy’ Despite Jersey Swap Refusal

Published 02/22/2021, 4:13 PM EST
Oct 22, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Carson Wentz finally got his desired move away from the Philadelphia Eagles last week. The experienced NFL quarterback was traded to AFC South franchise Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 3rd-round pick in 2021 and a conditional 2nd-round pick in 2022. The 2nd-round pick could turn into a first-rounder if Wentz accumulates a set number of games as a Colts starter.

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The 28-year-old shot-caller will reunite with former Eagles quarterback coach Frank Reich in the coming months. He is more than excited to start his new journey in the NFL with the Colts. He is already reaching out to some of his new teammates.

One of them was a rookie wide receiver, Michael Pittman Jr.

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The 2020 second-round pick in Michael Pittman Jr. sports the number 11 jersey for the Colts, the same number that Carson Wentz wore for the Eagles since 2016.

He revealed that Wentz had a word with him regarding a potential number change. But Pittman Jr. told his new quarterback that he intends to keep the jersey to which Wentz had a surprising reply.

“He actually texted me about two hours after the news broke, and he just asked me how I felt about it, and I told him that I was gonna stay, and he said that that was cool and that he would switch numbers, and it was that easy. I mean, he was a chill guy about it, so that was awesome,” Pittman Jr. said while in conversation on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes the football against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

But the former USC star is looking forward to linking up with Wentz in the preseason.

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“I think that it’s awesome because we get a guy who’s young, we get a guy who has a big arm, a guy who is a proven guy, and a guy that led his team to a Super Bowl.

“So, I think that he’s great for us…I think that coach (Frank) Reich and (GM Chris) Ballard have done a great job of building, and I think that we have all of the pieces that we need to make that run,” Pittman Jr. added.

Only time will tell how the Carson Wentz experiment pans out for the Colts. But for the aging quarterback who is soon going to be in his 30s, this could be his last shot at making it big in the NFL.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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