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The Eagles‘ original plan when they selected quarterback Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft was to have him sit out most of his rookie season and learn.

Plans change.

On Saturday, the Eagles traded expected starter Sam Bradford to the Vikings, who could use Bradford now that Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is out for the season. Philadelphia got a great haul for Bradford since Minnesota gave up a 2017 first-round draft pick and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

But now the Eagles need a starter and the easy choice is to go with Wentz. Did you really expect them to start career backup Chase Daniel?

Wentz is the future and that should start now.

He’s coming off a rib injury in the preseason and he didn’t get much prep time. Wentz took just 39 snaps in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay before suffering a hairline fracture in his ribs that forced him to miss the final three warmup games.

Carson Wentz QB / Philadelphia Eagles (One preseason game)

COMP/ATT: 12/24YDS: 89TD: 0INT: 1

Wentz told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’ll “be ready for Week 1,” and if that’s the case then he’s starting against the Browns. That could make him a sleeper in deep two-quarterback leagues.

But even if Daniel starts the opener against Cleveland he will just be a placeholder until Wentz is 100 percent healthy. When Philadelphia traded up in the NFL Draft (with Cleveland) to get Wentz, the Eagles started their rebuilding process by getting what they hope is a franchise quarterback.

He was a star at North Dakota State when he passed for 5,115 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in four years, and the Eagles selected him after the Rams drafted Jared Goff. There are questions about his level of competition in college, but he’ll be thrown to the fire soon enough in the NFL.

The Eagles have to find out if he’s their quarterback of the future, and hopefully he’ll pass the test.


Source: CBS Sports / Fantasy Football Draft Prep Strategy: Eagles all in on Carson Wentz starting Week 1?