Several Colts players, including second-year wideout Michael Pittman Jr. and wide receiver Zach Pascal, spoke with fellow Colts’ reporters early Tuesday afternoon. Of all the players who spoke, not one of them had anything negative to say about Carson Wentz.
“I mean, I have no idea what everybody else is talking about. I see a team guy,” Pittman told The Athletic’s Stephen Holder. “He’s always there just ready to help and do whatever it takes. He’s been great so far.”
Pittman also spoke on the amount of leadership that Wentz has displayed thus far.
“I feel like every QB has that leadership trait, and yeah, Carson’s got that to him,” Pittman said.
One of the things that’s impressed Pittman the most about Wentz is the physical traits he brings to the offense.
“It was the first or second time I had thrown with him, and we were running post routes and he threw a 65-yard post,” Pittman said. “I was like, oh, my gosh, I really got to dig down and run.”
Wentz’s arm strength and overall leadership also stood out to Pittman, too.
“I’d say that his arm strength and probably the way that he works,” Pittman said. “He’s so dialed in, and he’s on a mission.”
Pittman wasn’t the only player to heap praise on the new QB, though, as Zach Pascal shared his thoughts on what the newcomer could bring to the offense in 2021, too.
“I feel like he fits in great,” Pascal said. “He came out, threw a couple passes and we [saw] how talented he was. Everybody’s embracing him. Great person, great guy.”
Even though Pascal’s on his fourth starting QB in the last four seasons, he’s still been fairly productive for the team and spoke on how he’s been able to maintain that QB-WR relationship during that time.
“Well, you know, like you guys said earlier, we had a couple different QBs in the past couple of years, but I think everything starts at practice,” Pascal said. “You have to go hard in practice; you have to get the timing down over and over in the offseason whenever you can.”
Pascal also noted that Wentz and the receivers have had multiple throwing sessions throughout the offseason, and he’s been impressed with Wentz’s work ethic during that time.
“He’s a guy that likes to work, so that just blends in perfectly with everybody on the team that loves to make those changes so we can be great,” Pascal said.
Just a few weeks into the offseason, it sounds like Wentz is fitting in quite nicely. The Colts and their fans are likely going to expect big things from the former MVP-candidate, and having a strong rapport with the receivers and the rest of the offense — combined with the physical and leadership traits he brings to the table — could lead to Indy’s offense being one of NFL’s best this season.