Carson Wentz has been the Washington Commanders' starting quarterback for three months, and now that the offseason workout program has concluded, we have a month-long sample size of what the offense will look like.
Wentz has received nothing but positive reviews from his coaches and teammates during OTAs and mandatory minicamp. There's a lot to like about the veteran quarterback, from his arm strength to his veteran leadership.
However, coach Ron Rivera has one clear takeaway about his new quarterback.
"I think probably the biggest thing in terms of watching Carson is how he got acclimated to us," Rivera said. "How he how he got more and more comfortable being around our guys, getting to know some of our guys developing some rapport with some of our receivers."
Ingratiating himself with his teammates has been one of Wentz's primary goals since he was traded to Washington in March. In fact, he mentioned in his introductory press conference that he wanted to get on the field with his receivers "right away."
"Catching passes from Carson was…a dream come true, and I'm looking forward to it each and every day," Dotson said. "When he says he wants you to be somewhere at an exact time, he means that, and I try to do that every single day, just learning more about him."
Wentz is entering his seventh season, but this summer is the first time he's been exposed to the Commanders' offensive system. Wentz admitted that can always be a challenge, but his teammates like J.D. McKissic have been surprised at how quickly he's picked up the playbook.
Wentz's retention has also impressed Rivera.
"There's sometimes you really see the confidence in the things that he does very well and, and you can see that confidence spreading to everybody else around him."
Rivera believes the Commanders can take another step in his third season running the team. Much of that hinges on Wentz and how he performs. There are six weeks until Washington gets back on the field for training camp and even longer until the season opener against the Jaguars.
At the same time, though, all reports indicate that things are off to a strong start.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Friday, June 17, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Football Team.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras writes about Warren Sapp giving Washington's defensive line some advice.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey provides a recap of the Commanders' minicamp.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig writes that Warren Sapp preaches technique and teamwork to the defensive line.
- USA Today's Bryan Manning writes about Carson Wentz saying all the right things.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier provides an update on Terry McLaurin.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras writes about what Ron Rivera said on Terry McLaurin.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Taylor Heinicke's approach to his preparations.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about Antonio Gibson's efforts to lost weight.
- USA Today's Bryan Manning writes about the Commanders signing two players.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Carson Wentz developing a strong bond with Jahan Dotson.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the absence of Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson during Wednesday's OTA.
- NBC Sports Washington's Bijan Todd writes about Brian Robinson valuing veteran leadership from former Alabama teammates.
- Sports Illustrated's David Harrison opens his notebook from the Commanders' OTAs.
- NFL.com's Adam Rank writes that 2022 is a pivotal season for Ron Rivera.
- NBC Sports Washington's Bijan Todd writes about Benjamin St-Juste impressing Shawn Springs during OTAs.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Ryan Fitzpatrick's retirement.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the Commanders announcing their fight song will debut on Aug. 13.
- Sports Illustrated's Ethan Hurwitz writes about Percy Butler's progress during OTAs.
Check Out What's On Commanders.com:
- Minicamp notebook | Defense stands out on Day 2
- Warren Sapp is a big fan of Commanders' D-Line
- Minicamp notebook | Depth players continue to shine, show improvement
- Buy or sell | Logan Paulsen, Santana Moss weigh in on Washington's 2022 season
- Antonio Gibson named Top 10 explosive runner by Next Gen Stats
- Media Roundup | Ron Rivera, Jacks Del Rio, Carson Wentz address the media
- Carson Wentz is focused on finding balance between aggressive and conservative
- Benjamin St-Juste is thriving in his new role
- Stars & sleepers from Commanders OTAs
- Why Montez Sweat's length, explosiveness gives offenses so many problems
- Trai Turner is fitting right in with Commanders' O-Line
- Jahan Dotson continues to stand out in OTAs
- Percy Butler is eager to learn, and it's leaving a good impression on his teammates
- Scott Turner | 'There's a lot of different things we we'll be able to do' with Jahan Dotson
- Ron Rivera | Montez Sweat 'becomes more and more dynamic'
- Washington Commanders announce 2022 preseason schedule
- Commanders' offense primed to be more explosive with Wentz at QB
- Logan Paulsen, Santana Moss break down injury updates on Chase Young, Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas
- Chase Young remains confident in his recovery process