It’s difficult to not start your first round rookies from Week 1. When that player is a quarterback, it becomes that bit harder. To acquire a QB with your first pick in any draft is usually a sign that you plan to plug them in straight away.
However, if word from Philadelphia is correct, the Eagles will go into the season with Carson Wentz as their third choice QB.
Wentz was chosen second overall during the 2016 draft, with the Eagles trading up to select him. However, the rookie will not be thrown in at the deep end and could potentially not see a meaningful snap all season.
The Eagles currently have Sam Bradford as their starter and picked up Chase Daniel to back him up.
Say what you want about Bradford but the talent is there, it just needs to be shown on a regular basis and not during pre-season games.
If the former Rams quarterback is not playing well or picks up an injury, Daniel is a more than qualified back-up who can takeover the offence.
It seems like there is a clear plan with Wentz, similar to that of Green Bay Packers and their transition from Bret Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Wentz is the obvious future of the franchise but the future doesn’t have to be this season, especially if the player is not ready.
The North Dakota State QB should be slowly blooded into the NFL.
The Raiders and Jaguars handled their rookie QB situation perfectly.
Though both Blake Bortles and Derek Carr took over the reins during their rookie season, they had a few extra weeks learning the playbook and getting accustomed to NFL defences. Wentz should be allowed the same privileges as those previously mentioned.
“Typically, the third quarterback is down,” said new Eagles head coach Doug Peterson. “It’s hard right now to look down the road but if we had to play this week, Carson would be down. He’d be the third quarterback. He’d be deactivated. That’s probably the direction we’re heading, I would think it is going down that route.”
The Eagles didn’t need to bring in Wentz when they already had Bradford and Daniel. But this position allows them to prepare Wentz fully before unleashing him on the NFC East and the rest of the league.
Wentz is the future, no need to risk him today.