Philly’s former QB isn’t done with the league just yet, and with the Rams punching their ticket the postseason, the team announced that Carson Wentz will start in Week 18.
Rams announced QB Carson Wentz will start Sunday vs. the 49ers and the team will rest QB Matthew Stafford.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2024
Several starters throughout the league will be resting their way through the final game of the 2023 regular season, including Matthew Stafford, which paves the way for Wentz to play for just the second time this season.
Wentz signed with the Rams in early-November, but has only played three snaps up to this point — taking the field Nov. 26 against the Cardinals —, and has yet to attempt a pass.
After his stint in Philly, Wentz spent one year with the Colts followed by one year with the Commanders. In both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, he flashed signs of potential before ultimately being super inconsistent and giving up big plays in the absolute worst times.
He didn’t want the 2022 NFL season to be his last, and even reportedly wrote a letter to the Jets about his interest in being added to their roster as a backup after Aaron Rodgers was injured. Jets GM Joe Douglas had plenty of familiarity with the QB, but still opted to go with Zach Wilson instead.
Wentz knows first-hand how valuable a backup quarterback can be, especially for a team on a playoff run, and this week will at least give him an opportunity to get his feet wet in case he’s needed at any other point down the stretch.