Nobody would deny that the Indianapolis Colts are taking a great risk handing the keys of their offense to Carson Wentz after they traded what will likely end up being third- and first-round picks to acquire him from the Eagles earlier this offseason.
With that being said, Wentz is entering an incredibly favorable situation. Not only will the former No. 2 overall pick be playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but the Colts’ wide receiving corps will serve as a significant improvement to what he was working with in Philly.
The only gripe fans will have if Wentz underwhelms in his debut season is that Indy didn’t really welcome any newcomers to their offense. In fact, Pro Football Focus seems to think that the Colts have “already let down” their new quarterback.
Taking that blazing perspective into account, we can’t help but wonder whether Indianapolis got Wentz enough help this offseason.
Did the Colts do enough to help Carson Wentz this offseason?
PFF analyst Sam Monson essentially claimed that the Colts failed to make a major acquisition at left tackle or wide receiver this offseason, and have thereby not given Wentz the best possible situation heading into his first year with a new team.
In fact, he claimed signing Trent Williams, trading for Orlando Brown or drafting tackle Christian Darrisaw instead of Kwity Paye at No. 21 overall would’ve been his preferred moves over taking a gamble on Eric Fisher, who’s coming off a torn Achilles.
While we hear that argument, the Colts were never going to give Williams the contract (six years, $140 million) he got from the 49ers. They were also never going to give up a bounty of draft capital (and dole out a big extension) to acquire Brown with Fisher just waiting to be signed on the cheap.
As for passing on Darrisaw, the Colts were going to draft him if Paye wasn’t available. However, when you consider their need for an edge rusher and that the Michigan product was higher on their draft board than Darrisaw, you have to think Paye was the right call, especially after they added Fisher.
If Fisher is able to return to the world-beater he was pre injury — the latest reports suggest Indianapolis is confident he’ll be able to do just that — Wentz’s blindside will be protected by one of the premier left tackles in the league.
Getting back to the WR argument, would it have been cool to see the Colts sign one of Kenny Golladay or Will Fuller? No doubt. However, they already have four solid options in TY Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell and Zach Pascal.
While that isn’t the flashiest group in the league, it has elite potential. If you asked us, splashing on a star free agent wasn’t necessary, especially considering the Colts’ emphasis on distribution in the passing game.
Bottom line? If Wentz is the franchise quarterback that Indy’s coaching staff and front office seem to think he is, his current collection of weapons and offensive line should be more than enough to help him flourish in his first year with his new team.