Commanders name Carson Wentz the starter for Sunday
Ricky Gray | December 28, 2022
The move at the position was sparked by an 0-2-1 record over their last three games.
In place of Taylor Heinicke, Carson Wentz will get the start for the Washington Commanders as they prepare to face the Cleveland Browns.
With an overall record of 7-7-1, the Commanders are making the switch due to an 0-2-1 record in their last three games.
Wentz originally started for the Washington Commanders until he broke his finger in a win over the Chicago Bears and was placed on injured reserve.
Heinicke has moved the ball well but the Commanders have ranked 26th in red zone offense and 20th in points per game over his eight full starts.
In Saturday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Wentz replaced Heinicke and completed 12 of 16 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Head coach Ron Rivera said: “I thought Carson coming in and, haven't played in a while, was a little rusty at first and then he started to sharpen up.
“He showed he made quick decisions, and so that was good to see. There's still some things that he can continue to work on.”
It would seem his performance against the 49ers defense was enough to earn him a starting spot.
Rivera continued: “What he showed was that he's fully healthy, he's got fresh legs right now, and got a lively arm.
“He made very quick decisions. He showed us that quick twitch that you look for in quarterbacks, and his decision-making seemed to be right on.”
The Commanders are 12-11-1 under Heinicke over the past two seasons and have a 2-6 record under anyone else.