Carson Wentz is “excited” after discovering he will start his first NFL game in over a year this weekend.
Wentz will start at quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams against the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s regular-season finale. The Rams will turn to Wentz having already secured a wild card berth, meaning they can give regular QB Matthew Stafford a well-earned rest.
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Wentz signed for the Rams in November but has not started an NFL game since turning out for the Washington Commanders against the Cleveland Browns on New Year’s Day 2023.
The 31-year-old is relishing the chance to get out there and show he can still cut it in the NFL.
“We’ll see how the week goes with all of that on their end as well, but I’m excited for it,” Wentz said.
“I’ve played a couple times down there in San Fran and it’s a fun environment. It’s going to be hopefully a beautiful Sunday afternoon in California.
“Excited to go get a chance and yes, there is still some stuff to play for and there’s things at stake and it’s January. I haven’t played a game in a long time so I’m excited for it.”
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Wentz has enjoyed working with Stafford over the past few weeks and is confident he knows enough of the playbook to make a success of his opportunity.
He added: “Obviously, it’s a different role for me and it’s been new in that regard, but it’s been a lot of fun working with Matthew and seeing kind of how he goes about his business.
“It’s a very young coaching staff and that’s been really fun to be a part of. It’s a very different scheme than what I’m used to, all those things. So for me, it’s just been all about learning and just accumulating knowledge within this system and just being ready to help, so I’ve enjoyed it.”