The Eagles have been busy on the quarterback front over Labor Day weekend, dealing away Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings and now, on Monday, naming rookie quarterback Carson Wentz the starter for Week 1 of the 2016 season.
Doug Pederson announced the move on Monday.
Coach Pederson: I’m excited. I’m thrilled. It’s an opportunity for him and an opportunity for our football team.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 5, 2016
Once the Bradford move was made, it cleared the decks for the Eagles to turn to the future and throw Wentz into the fire. It was expected Wentz would get a look as the starter provided he was healthy.
He suffered a rib injury during the preseason and looked like he might not see any action this season at all.
It’s a fascinating turn of events for Philadelphia. They re-signed Bradford this offseason with a $36 million deal, expecting him to be the quarterback of the present, then traded a future first-round pick to the Browns for the rights to move up and grab Wentz.
The plan all along was to redshirt Wentz and let Bradford and highly priced backup Chase Daniel carry the team.
Then Teddy Bridgewater was injured and the Eagles saw an opportunity to recoup some value for Bradford in a trade. They pulled the trigger, getting a first- and fourth-round pick back from Minnesota.
Now the team is Wentz’s to run, far ahead of schedule. The Eagles will be fascinating to watch in 2016.
Source: CBS Sports / Eagles name Carson Wentz starting QB for Week 1