Wentz 'trying not to get too excited' for return to Philly
Carson Wentz is going on a reunion tour in 2022. The biggest highlight: Week 10 in Philadelphia.
The Washington Commanders quarterback said Thursday he's expecting an emotional matchup against the Eagles on Nov. 14 when he returns to Philadelphia for the first time since the team traded him to the Indianapolis Colts.
"I know that'll be a big game. A lot of emotions," Wentz said, according to Grant Gordon of NFL.com. "I'm sure fans will eat that one up, and it'll be fun - make for a good storyline. But at the end of the day, it's going to be just another ball game. It's going to be a huge divisional game for us when that one comes.
"I'm excited for it, but at the same time, I'm trying not to get too excited for that one because, again, it's just football."
The Commanders will also host the Eagles in Week 3. Wentz played his first five NFL seasons in Philadelphia after being drafted second overall in 2016.
Additionally, the 29-year-old has notable matchups against his ex-coach - Jacksonville Jaguars sideline boss Doug Pederson - and another former team, the Indianapolis Colts.
Wentz played just one season with the Colts, who he'll face in Week 8. Indianapolis fell one win short of the playoffs last year after its Wentz-led offense scored just 11 points in a Week 18 loss to the previously 2-14 Jaguars.
Wentz will see Jacksonville and Pederson again in his Commanders debut in Washington. Pederson guided Philly to a Super Bowl title in the passer's second season in the league.
"Obviously, it will be a big game, lot of emotions going on running out here at FedEx Field," Wentz said of Week 1.
He added: "Lot of familiar faces on the other side of the ball. Obviously, the last game of last year was against the Jaguars ... and didn't go quite as planned. So, definitely trying to regroup from that one and, hopefully, set the stage for this season the right way."
Indy traded Wentz this offseason to Washington in exchange for draft picks.