INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 28: Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

By Dylan MacKinnon

Week 12 Snap Count

Wentz Snaps-69
Team Snaps-69
Percentage-100%

Total Season Snap Count-

Wentz Snaps-792
Team Snaps-804
Percentage-98.5%
Percentage of Projected Season total- 69.5%

Wentz can now miss 264 snaps before he falls below 75% of the snaps. He can miss 340 snaps before he falls below 70%. A number that may very well be relevant, despite their loss today to the Buccaneers.

The Colts are now averaging 67 snaps a week. At that rate, they will end the season with 1139 total snaps on offense. Wentz has played 69.5% of that projected year-end total.  He will need about 63 more snaps to reach 75%, and 6 snaps to reach 70%. He is a lock to reach the 70% number in the next game, and will likely reach 75% by the end of the game.

Just one more game. If Wentz can just stay healthy for one more game, it should be safe to say the Eagles will be getting a third 1st round pick this coming April. And after how they looked today, they need all the help they can get.

There was not a lot of confidence going into the season that Wentz could play 75% of the snaps. He had done it only twice before now, though he had missed 70% only once. And that little confidence waned, even more, when he began the preseason getting surgery for a foot injury many assumed would delay the start of his season. But then he was ready for week 1. And then was hurt again, spraining both his ankles in week 2. But then he was right back in week 3 and didn’t miss another snap until he came off the field late in a blowout win over the Bills.

Say what you will about Wentz’s mental toughness, he did not handle having backup QBs play well with a ton of grace. But physically, this dude is tough. And that shouldn’t be a surprise. We saw him try to play through a major back injury here. We saw him score a go-ahead TD vs the Rams on a torn ACL. He has always been physically tough. It was the off-the-field stuff that derailed his career in Philly. But with how he has played this year, some in Philly may be regretting his departure.

At this point, the pick is as close of a lock as it comes. The only question now is where the pick will fall. Today’s loss helps. For one because the more they lose the better the pick gets, but also because it makes it a bit harder for them to get to the playoffs. They remain on the outside of the Wildcard battle. For now, the pick is at 14. And it has hovered around there for the last few weeks. It will likely fall right in that area unless they make a playoff push. At 6-6 they have very little room for error if they want to do that. But they have played well lately, including today in a close loss to the reigning champs.

Wentz for his part has looked pretty good. He is not back to 2017 form, but he is back to 2019 form, which is still a good QB.