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Does Carson Wentz Need To Be 2017 Self For Commanders to Succeed?

Some high expectations for the former No. 2 pick.

The Washington Commanders need newly-acquired quarterback Carson Wentz to play well if the team wants to return to the playoffs in 2022.

After being drafted second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, Wentz is no stranger to high expectations being placed upon him.

In his second NFL season in 2017, Wentz was playing at an MVP-like pace before a torn ACL cut his season short. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl that year thanks to a strong defense and Nick Foles' heroics as Wentz's backup.

If Wentz can repeat that same magic with the Commanders in 2022, another former No. 2 pick thinks things could be hot in Washington.

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“The Washington Commanders have surprise Super Bowl contender written all over them,” Robert Griffin III said on ESPN’s NFL Live last month. “The reason they went and got Carson Wentz is because if he plays like he did last year they will at least be in playoff contention because it was better than the quarterback play they had last year.”

The Commanders missed the playoffs last season with a 7-10 record led by quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Washington was originally supposed to have veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team's starter, but after a hip injury suffered in the first game of the season, the team had to move on to Heinicke.

Heinicke performed well for a backup, but the Commanders felt an upgrade was necessary. That's why they traded for the former MVP candidate, in hopes that he may recreate his 2017 magic.