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Carson Wentz not afraid to take shots downfield in pouring rain, points to Michael Pittman as big reason why

Carson Wentz is looking like the quarterback the Indianapolis Colts thought they traded for this offseason. Wentz has reestablished the deep ball that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the draft five years ago, even showcasing a willingness to throw it in the pouring rain Sunday night. 

Wentz’s confidence in throwing the deep ball helped him become a MVP candidate in 2017, when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to an 11-2 start before a season-ending ACL injury. On Sunday night, Wentz completed two deep passes to Michael Pittman that led the Colts to a 30-18 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, a sign of a growing chemistry between the quarterback and his new favorite target. 

“We got the guys, we got the playmakers, specifically Pittman,” Wentz said after the win. “Even if it’s under-thrown or whatever, I just got to give him a chance. He made a couple big plays and had the PI on the other one. We said let’s still be aggressive and not let the weather completely change who we are…I really appreciate coach (Colts head coach Frank Reich) still trusting us to call those plays and create some big plays.”

Wentz completed a 57-yard bomb to Pittman in the pouring rain that set up the Colts’ first touchdown in the first quarter. The throw was on the money as Wentz was facing pressure with a four-man rush. He stepped up in the pocket and found Pittman for the big gain, which led to a Wentz touchdown pass to Mo Alie-Cox three plays later. 

“I’ve seen it enough in practice. I know what he brings to the table, and so that’s the reason I’m so confident in letting it fly,” Wentz said. “Sure, a couple of those runs thrown were not great balls, but when you got a guy like that you just got to give him a chance. He came up big tonight.

The touchdown pass to Pittman sealed the Colts’ victory. Indianapolis was up 23-18 with 2:53 left and faced a third-and-10 when Wentz decided to air it out to Pittman down the sideline. The Colts could have ran clock down, but Reich had enough faith in his quarterback to go for the knockout blow. 

Wentz did — and hit Pittman for the 28-yard touchdown. Game over. 

“Every week I think he gets more confident in my ability to get it to him and vice versa,” Wentz said. “When he keeps stepping up and making plays like that, especially in these conditions, I’m saying, ‘Hey, I trust my guy to go up and make a play in these conditions more than their guy.'”

Wentz believes in Pittman and the Colts believe in their quarterback. The Colts are seeing the fruits of their labor in trading for Wentz — and how Pittman is helping him became a top quarterback again. 



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