Carson Wentz snap tracker after Week 9 win vs. Jets

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One of the major storylines for the Indianapolis Colts this season has been tracking the snaps played by quarterback Carson Wentz, which is directly tied to the team’s first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

The Colts took a chance on rebuilding Wentz’s game when they traded for him during the 2021 offseason. General manager Chris Ballard gave up a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 first-round pick in exchange for Wentz.

The conditions of the trade turn the 2022 second-round pick into a first-round pick if one of the following conditions is met:

  • Carson Wentz plays 75% of the offensive snaps during the 2021 season

  • Carson Wentz plays 70% of the offensive snaps during the 2021 season and the Colts make the playoffs.

Suffice it to say, it’s expected that the Colts will be without their first-rounder in 2022. But that’s not going to stop us from tracking those snaps.

Weeks 1-8

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These are the snap counts for Wentz through the first eight games of the season:

Week

Opponent

Snaps

Snap %

1

Seahawks

76

100%

2

Rams

62

92.5%

3

@ Titans

61

100%

4

@ Dolphins

71

100%

5

@ Ravens

69

100%

6

Texans

48

100%

7

@ 49ers

68

100%

8

Titans

80

100%

The only time Wentz hasn’t seen the field was when he suffered a pair of ankle sprains against the Rams in Week 2. Outside of that—even through the ankle sprains—Wentz has been on the field for every snap.

Week 9

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The Colts offense was humming against the Jets and even though they were up 42-10 at one point in the fourth quarter, Wentz was still leading the offense on every drive.

Wentz had a strong game finishing 22-of-30 passing for 272 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a career-high 134.3 passer rating.

The Colts ran 62 offensive plays and Wentz was on the field for 100% of them.

Here’s the updated snap counts for Wentz through Week 9:

Week

Opponent

Snaps

Snap %

1

Seahawks

76

100%

2

Rams

62

92.5%

3

@ Titans

61

100%

4

@ Dolphins

71

100%

5

@ Ravens

69

100%

6

Texans

48

100%

7

@ 49ers

68

100%

8

Titans

80

100%

9

Jets

62

100%

Total

597

99.2%

How this impacts the Colts' draft

Syndication: The Indianapolis Star

As it stands, the Colts are likely to lose their first-round pick. This will mean the Colts will have had just one first-round pick in four drafts from 2019-2022. With several needs at positions like cornerback, wide receiver and offensive tackle, this will put the Colts in a bit of a bind.

Will Carson Wentz be benched?

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There are those who are wondering if Wentz might be benched in order to preserve the first-round pick, and it’s a fair question. But it shouldn’t be expected. There’s a good chance the Colts are 6-7 going into their bye week in Week 14. Even if that happens, Reich and Ballard aren’t the types to sit a healthy Wentz just to keep the pick.

Whether they should is a completely different question and one also worth asking. But given that the Colts are likely to still somewhat be in the mix toward the end of the season, Wentz shouldn’t be expected to be benched.

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