Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. denies Carson Wentz access to jersey number, QB responds
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is currently finding himself in a new city and will also have to get a new number on his jersey heading to his debut season with the team in 2021. His staple No. 11 is already taken by wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and the 23-year-old insisted that he has no plans of giving it away anytime soon.
“I am number 11,” Pittman said via TMZ Sports “I don’t think there’s any deal that is gonna be done.”
Despite not being granted his old number, Wentz still took the situation in stride as he looks forward to sporting an entirely new jersey with the Colts next season.
“Yeah, so I spoke to [Carson] and he was just seeing how locked in I was to #11, and I told him I was locked in — and he was like, ‘That’s cool, bro, because I’m probably gonna switch anyway,” he added.
Wentz has already worn the No. 11 dating back to his days with North Dakota State where he played for four seasons. He continued to stick to the number as he jumped to the league through his first five years in the pros with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The said number has been both a blessing and a curse for Wentz in the early stages of his career. He was able to win a Super Bowl title in just his second campaign in the league but eventually failed to live up to the billing of a franchise quarterback in the past few seasons.
Luckily for him, his former offensive coordinator in Colts head coach Frank Reich welcomed him with open arms and was willing to give him another opportunity to resurrect his career in Indianapolis. Pittman also said that he is looking forward to getting some work in on the field with his new quarterback.
“He’s just a super chill guy and I cant wait to get with him and start throwing and stuff.”
After a tumultuous ending in Philadelphia, a much-needed relocation could do wonders for Carson Wentz who is trying to turn over a new leaf heading to his sixth season in the league. Perhaps his switch to a new number could also add more luck as he opens a new chapter with the Colts moving forward.