The prologue to Carson Wentz's story with the Indianapolis Colts can't be described as uneventful. In early August, the one-time franchise quarterback underwent surgery to repair a foot injury, and on Monday -- just a week after returning to the practice field -- he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Suffice to say, Wentz hasn't received valuable preseason reps with the first-string offense. But the Colts aren't concerned about Wentz's absences and the unit's lack of cohesion, according to star running back Jonathan Taylor.
"He's a pro. And we talk about that a lot in our building, on what it takes to be a pro," Taylor told the Tiki and Tierney show on Tuesday. "And what it takes is, being where you're suppose to be and doing what you're supposed to do. Of course with this COVID thing going around -- whether he has it or he's a close contact -- he's a pro. He's going to be doing what he needs to do.
"So that when he comes and steps in that building again, on that field, he's able to seamlessly interact and start running that offense how he's supposed to... He's probably watching film right now, getting ready for each team we've got to play. We trust all the guys in our locker room that they're going to do what they're supposed to do outside of the building, in order to be prepared."
Wentz, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, played in only 11 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, and finished with career-low marks in touchdowns (16), completion percentage (57.4), and passing yards (2,620). To make matters even worse, he also threw a career-high 15 interceptions and was sacked 50 times, and the Eagles ultimately traded him to Indianapolis for draft picks in March.
As for Taylor -- the 41st overall pick in last year's draft -- he was prolific in the Colts' backfield. As a rookie, the Wisconsin product rushed for 1,169 yards on 232 attempts with 12 touchdowns in 15 games (13 starts). Taylor also averaged 5.0 yards per carry, which ranked seventh-best among all NFL running backs.
Indianapolis will open the 2021 season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 12. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, the Colts currently have the second-best odds (+145) to win the AFC South, and the ninth-best odds (+1600) to win the conference.
The entire Colts conversation between Taylor and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.