Sean McVay Open to Keeping Carson Wentz on Rams Roster Beyond This Season
McVay Excited About the Opportunity to Have Wentz on the Team
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has expressed his openness to keeping quarterback Carson Wentz on the roster beyond this season. While some may view the signing of Wentz as a temporary fix in case of an injury to starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, McVay sees the value in having a player of Wentz’s caliber available.
“I think that’s to be determined,” McVay said in an interview with Pro Football Talk. “We were just excited about being able to get him in the building. We had a need, and to have somebody who has played as well as he has, with his level of experience, is quite rare. So we were thrilled about the opportunity to bring him on board.”
In addition to the acquisition of Wentz, the Rams are also welcoming back Stafford, who missed the team’s Week 9 loss to the Packers due to a right thumb injury. McVay expects Stafford to return for the Rams’ upcoming Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
Wentz’s NFL journey has been well-documented. As the former No. 2 overall pick, he showed promise as a rookie while starting for the Philadelphia Eagles. In his second year, Wentz led the team to an impressive 11-2 record before suffering a season-ending injury. He watched from the sidelines as the Eagles went on to win their first Super Bowl.
Although Wentz recovered from his knee injury, he was never able to recapture the same level of success he had early in his career. After the 2020 season, Wentz left the Eagles and joined the Indianapolis Colts, where he led the team to a 9-6 start before faltering in the final two games and missing out on the playoffs. In his only season with the Washington Football Team in 2022, Wentz had a starting record of 2-5.
Despite his recent decline, Wentz boasts solid career totals, completing 62.6% of his passes with 151 touchdowns and 66 interceptions. With 69 career starts, he is considered one of the NFL’s most experienced backups.
Wentz’s arrival comes at a crucial time for the Rams, who are desperate for a win after losing their last three games. Currently ranked 12th in the NFC standings, the Rams face a challenging schedule ahead, with games against four teams with winning records and two teams with a combined four wins in the Cardinals and Giants.