The Eagles shipped starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings for two draft picks on Saturday and, as a result, they’re moving No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz up the depth chart. Somewhat unexpectedly, Wentz will reportedly leapfrog Chase Daniel and commandeer the starting job as soon as his hairline fracture heals.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Eagles plan to start Wentz in their season opener against the Browns on Sept. 11.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 3, 2016
And that means Wentz will be the first of the three first-round quarterbacks to make his NFL debut. Earlier this week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced that first-overall pick Jared Goff would most likely start the season third on the depth chart. Paxton Lynch will wait behind Trevor Siemian in Denver.
Meanwhile, Philly fans will get what they’ve been chanting for since the first week of the preseason.
Wentz struggled in that game, completing 12 of 24 passes for 89 yards and an interception. He ended up leaving with a hairline fracture in his ribs. So really, there’s no way to know how Wentz will fare in the regular season, namely because we just haven’t seen enough of him.
The decision to start Wentz should come as a bit of a surprise, though. Wentz, who played college ball at North Dakota State, was viewed as a developmental prospect by most scouts. At one point, the idea of him redshirting was even floated.
When the Eagles picked Wentz, they maintained that Bradford would remain the starter. Even though they’re without Bradford now, they still have Daniel, who brings experience with Doug Pederson’s system to the fold. In the immediate aftermath of the Eagles’ trade with the Vikings, it seemed as if the door opened for Daniel to start while Wentz developed.
But that door looks like it has slammed shut in a hurry. And Daniel isn’t happy about that, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, which fulfills the Eagles’ unofficial requirement of always having one upset quarterback on their roster.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Eagles reportedly plan to start Carson Wentz in Week 1 if he’s healthy