The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback depth chart has been flipped on its head over the past few days.
Coach Doug Pederson announced that second-overall pick Carson Wentz will make the start Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns.
This came two days after the team shipped expected starter Sam Bradford to the Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first-round and conditional fourth-round pick in 2018.
“We’ve got to be smart in how we handle it but at the same time fully expect him to perform how he’s capable of performing in what we’ve seen throughout OTAs and training camp …” Pederson said of his rookie signal caller. “What he did in all OTAs, what he’s done around this building, the plays he’s made in practice, in the one preseason game has given me confidence that he can lead this football team.”
On July 17, Pederson said Wentz would likely be inactive on game day, and after suffering a hairline rib fracture in his first and only preseason game, most expected the first-year coach to stick to his original plan.
The biggest loser in all this must be Chase Daniel, who despite following Pederson from Kansas City to Philadelphia and signing a sizable contract was leapfrogged by the unproven rookie.
Question marks along the offensive line and a largely unproven receiving corps will force Wentz to acclimate to the NFL quickly, or find himself at the head of one of the league’s most ineffective offenses.
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