Indianapolis Colts: 3 reasons a Carson Wentz trade actually isn’t as bad as you might think

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Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
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1. Wentz will be protected by an elite offensive line

Wentz, like most QBs, struggles most when he doesn’t get protection.

It’s incredibly hard to play quarterback when you spend half of the game on the turf and the other half evading defensive linemen. Wentz was behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league last year, as injuries to Lane Johnson and Andre Dillard forced Philly to use various configurations of rookies and practice-squad players.

He’ll have the furthest thing from a poor offensive line in Indianapolis, as Quenton Nelson and Ryan Kelly might still be the best tandem of interior blockers in the league. If the Colts select a player like Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw to replace Anthony Castonzo, Indy’s O-line could once again be among the best in football.

Even going back to his prime with the Eagles, Wentz struggled under pressure. The best way for Reich to mitigate that wart is to surround him with a wall of blockers and/or get him outside the pocket. With one of the best combinations of talent on the field and on the sideline, Wentz could show everyone that 2020 was an exception rather than a norm with regards to his skill as a quarterback.