By Ben Sullivan
Carson Wentz completed 16-of-28 passes for 143 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Commanders’ 24-10 loss to the Browns.
Wentz, Washington’s $28 million signal-caller, stared down Terry McLaurin just long enough for Denzel Ward to jump the route and come down with the pass.
His second interception would come on an arm punt from deep in his own territory, while his third came in the end zone as he tried to find Jahan Dotson deep in double coverage.
Wentz did manage to score on a one-yard touchdown run to cap a 21-play drive that took up nearly the entire second quarter, but his performance was anything but the spark Ron Rivera hoped for when he named him the starter last week.
The loss eliminated the Commanders from playoff competition, and it’s hard to imagine the team not going back to Taylor Heinicke in a must-win game.
When questioned about who the team’s Week 18 starter would be, Rivera simply said, “we’ll see.”
Wentz forced a trade out of Philly two years ago, went to Indy for a year and then was traded to the Commanders.
It is hard to see anyone picking him up for 2023 as anything but a clipboard-holder.