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Carson Wentz Already Has 1 of Peyton Manning’s Favorite Colts Targets Wanting to Catch His Passes

The Indianapolis Colts finally have a quarterback, as the team recently traded for former Philadelphia Eagles star Carson Wentz. Many people don’t really know what to expect from Wentz next year, though. Colts fans have been spoiled over the years with Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, and then NFL legend Philip Rivers, but they now have a QB who has shown glimpses of greatness and glimpses of incompetence. However, one of Peyton Manning’s former Colts receivers is already wanting to help Wentz out. That receiver is six-time Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne.

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Carson Wentz went to the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, and he proved to have a ton of potential. In Wentz’s second season in 2017, he earned Pro Bowl honors as he threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 13 games. He also went 11-2 in those starts. However, he got hurt, and the Eagles ended up winning the Super Bowl with Nick Foles that year.

Wentz then played well in 2018 and 2019, but not as well. He threw for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 2018, and then 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 2019. The Eagles went to the playoffs in each of those seasons, too. However, in 2020, Wentz had a horrible year, as he threw for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns, and a league-leading 15 interceptions in 12 starts. The Eagles were an awful team, though. They went 4-11-1 overall and allowed Wentz to get sacked a league-leading 50 times in those 12 games.

The Eagles eventually benched Wentz for Jalen Hurts, which led to Wentz wanting to get traded. Philadelphia then ultimately sent Wentz to the Colts for a third-round pick and a conditional second-round pick, per ESPN.

Indianapolis is ready to win now. Philip Rivers led them to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in 2020. They then barely lost to the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. If the Colts can fix Wentz and get him back to where he was in 2017, they can then contend for a Super Bowl.

It looks like a Colts legend, and one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets, already wants to help him out, too.

Colts legend Reggie Wayne wants to help out Carson Wentz

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Shortly after the news broke that the Colts traded for Carson Wentz, Reggie Wayne tweeted out how he can help get Wentz ready to go.

“Hey [Colts.] I know it’s plenty of snow up there. Send [Carson Wentz] down to South Florida. I’ll run a few routes for him so he can be ready to go,” Wayne tweeted.

This isn’t the first time that Wayne has tweeted about wanting to help his former team out. Earlier in February, when the Colts announced new additions to their coaching staff, Wayne tweeted, “Y’all hiring.” Indianapolis has had players from Wayne’s era coach on the team in the past, too. Robert Mathis, the team’s all-time leader in sacks, was once a full-time member of the team’s coaching staff and is now a pass-rush consultant.

So, is Wayne really going to help the Colts’ new potential franchise quarterback? It’s hard to say for sure, but it wouldn’t hurt, as he played with excellent quarterbacks throughout his entire career.

Reggie Wayne became an NFL legend with Peyton Manning and the Colts

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Having players like Reggie Wayne around the Colts’ locker room could certainly be beneficial for the team and Carson Wentz, as he is a future Hall of Fame inductee.

Wayne began playing with Peyton Manning and the Colts in 2001, and after a few decent seasons to start his career, he went on a dominant stretch with Indy starting in 2004. Wayne went seven straight seasons, and eight of nine seasons total, with 1,000 receiving yards or more. The only season of those eight years that he didn’t reach 1,000 receiving yards was when Manning was hurt the entire year, too.

For his career, which he spent mostly with Manning and Andrew Luck, Wayne earned six Pro Bowl selections and was a First-Team All-Pro honoree once. He is also 10th all-time in NFL history in receptions with 1,070 and 10th in receiving yards with 14,345. Reggie Wayne somehow didn’t get selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with former Colts teammates Peyton Manning, who got voted in this year, and running back Edgerrin James, who got voted in last year. He should get in soon, though. Pro Football Reference has his Hall of Fame monitor score at 108.01 and the average score for a Hall of Fame wide receiver in 104.56.

If the Colts can fix Carson Wentz, they can contend for Super Bowls. Maybe, Reggie Wayne can help get him ready to contend for those Lombardi Trophies, too.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference