Washington QB Carson Wentz Understands Why Commanders Are Sticking With Taylor Heinicke: ‘I Understand’


Carson Wentz is not glad about it, however he understands why the Washington Commanders will not convey him again within the beginning lineup after the finger harm.

Commanders have formally opted to retain backup Taylor Heinicke going ahead. Wentz returned to coaching on Wednesday, marking his first motion since breaking a finger on his proper hand on Oct. 13, though he can be Heinicke’s backup when he’s formally energetic once more.

Wentz will nonetheless be inactive for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons.

“I perceive,” Wentz stated on Wednesday. “It is a part of the enterprise. I perceive the place we’re as a group. Clearly as a competitor you wish to be there; I’d be mendacity to you. You come to work, you wish to play, that is what you signal for.

“On the identical time, I’ve an important relationship with Taylor and all the fellows. I am glad to see him succeed and what he is been in a position to do. I will do no matter I can to assist and assist him and be part of this and keep prepared as a result of this league is loopy and issues occur.”

Heinicke has regarded strong since taking on in Washington.

He has gained 4 of his final 5 video games, and final week. He went 15-of-27 for 191 yards in that win for Washington, who’ve gained 5 of their final six video games.

“It means loads. I’ve labored actually onerous for this chance,” stated Heinicke. “It is a dream come true. Each week I simply method it prefer it’s my final week enjoying, and simply attempt to have enjoyable with it… I have been dreaming about this my complete life, so to see it by means of circle with the final two or three years with what I have been by means of, it is a blessing. I simply wish to hold working onerous and hold this factor rolling.

Whereas it is clear that protecting Heinicke is an efficient transfer for the Commanders contemplating they’re profitable, the choice places Wentz’s future into query. The Commanders traded for Wentz final offseason with the intention that he can be the beginning quarterback.

Nevertheless, emphasizing what’s subsequent in your enjoying profession, Wentz stated, is a waste of time.

“I attempt to not play all these video games in my head since you would possibly go loopy,” he stated. “You begin fascinated about the large image – what’s subsequent yr, you concentrate on careers, you concentrate on all this stuff. I attempt to hone in and say simply be current, be constructive. Subsequent week will care for itself. I attempt to not play video games all that stuff in my head, simply being prepared for no matter comes.”

The Commanders have gained 4 of their final 5 video games with Taylor Heinicke, who will stay the beginning quarterback in Carson Wentz’s place even when he’s energetic once more after his finger harm. (AP/Chris Szagola)