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Carson Wentz has “mixed emotions” ahead of Eagles game. But he’s locked in

ASHBURN, Va. — Carson Wentz did his best this week to “try not to make the game bigger than needs to be.” But the more he talked, the more he tried to conceal his emotions, the more the reality of this game became obvious.

This is big.

How could it not be? A year and a half after the Philadelphia Eagles traded him, the 29-year-old Wentz will face his old team for the first time on Sunday afternoon. He was once an MVP candidate in Philly, their no-doubt Quarterback of the Future. Now he’s trying to resurrect his career with the Washington Commanders, his third team in three years.

Of course he wants to show the Eagles they were wrong. Of course he wants to show them what they threw away. And against a very good defense that shut down the Minnesota Vikings Monday night and picked off quarterback Kirk Cousins three times, of course Wentz wants to make a statement to the Commanders and everyone that he still can be a franchise quarterback. 

“I heard where he said he’s approaching this as you would approach any other team,” said Commanders offensive coordinator Scott Turner. “Obviously we know that’s not the case. I mean, you know, everyone is a human being.”

“When you’re playing against your old team, of course you feel something,” said Washington receiver Curtis Samuel. “I get it. But he’s locked in, focused. He’s how he always is: Calm.”

Maybe that was true during practice this week, but it remains to be seen just how calm Wentz will be on Sunday. This week dredged up a lot of old feelings for him, which he admitted when he spoke about his “wild ride” in Philadelphia during his press conference on Wednesday.

The “wild” story of what happened to Wentz in Philly is well-known, and still a bit bizarre. He was once everything in that organization. They traded up in the 2016 draft to take him with the second overall pick. A year later he showed everyone why, with an MVP-caliber performance leading the Eagles to an 11-2 start. But then he injured his knee and had to…

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