Indianapolis Colts training camp is just a few days old, and, as always, there’ve been some standout performers and players who are still shaking off the offseason rust.
The likes of Rock Ya-Sin, Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal and Marlon Mack are among the notables who’ve looked more sharp than the rest of the squad. To be fair, Tyquan Lewis, rookie tight end Kylen Granson and Michael Pittman deserve honorable mentions.
You might be wondering, what about Carson Wentz before his untimely injury? If you can believe it, the Colts quarterback actually got off to a rough start at the first practice, which isn’t all that surprising.
In a tell-tale sign that his confidence and ability to overcome adversity have already improved since the trade, however, Wentz rebounded with an excellent Day 2 of practice.
In fact, Wentz found himself trending on social media last Thursday after he made a vintage downfield completion to Pascal while eluding pressure. What makes this throw so impressive is that the 28-year-old gunslinger delivered it across his body.
Carson Wentz’s first big play at Colts training camp was beautiful.
For any cynical fans trying to critique the play by saying Wentz would’ve been sacked if it was a preseason or regular season game, can we hold off on that and just appreciate the fact that Indy hasn’t had a quarterback capable of making these types of plays since Andrew Luck?
This wasn’t a combine drill, either. The former No.2 overall pick was faced with real pressure, forced to scramble outside the pocket, planted his feet and delivered an absolute peach of a pass to Pascal, who did well to track the ball and come down with an acrobatic catch.
For the day, Wentz finished a clean 13-of-17 (76.4%) with completions to seven different receivers. Speaking of Pascal, he led the way with four catches, several of which came on passes beyond the numbers, which is telling.
Could this be a sign that Pascal is becoming Wentz’s go-to target on deep balls? Perhaps, but we’re not going to jump to conclusions after two days of practice. The bottom line is that Wentz making these kind of plays is precisely what made him a superstar with the Eagles.
Now, after his latest foot injury, which could sideline him until Week 1, Colts fans will unfortunately be imagining what Wentz’s impact could be following this beautiful taste.