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Carson Wentz will start Week One

Football: NFL Draft: Portrait of Philadelphia Eagles QB and No 2 overall pick Carson Wentz during photo shoot at NovaCare Complex.
Philadelphia, PA 4/30/2016
CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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After insisting all offseason that rookie quarterback Carson Wentz would spend his entire rookie year as a third-stringer, the Eagles have now announced that he will start Week One.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed this morning that he is making Wentz the starter for the Eagles’ opener against the Browns on Sunday.

That radical departure from previous plans comes two days after the surprising trade of Sam Bradford to the Vikings. Chase Daniel, who was No. 2 on the depth chart throughout the offseason, will remain the No. 2 quarterback behind Wentz.

It’s a surprising decision from the Eagles, but maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising: You don’t trade up to No. 2 in the draft to select a quarterback unless you’re very confident he’s your long-term starter. And if you’re very confident a quarterback is your long-term starter, why not get him experience right away. If anything, the more surprising quarterback situation this year is in Los Angeles, where No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff is the third-stringer.

And so Browns-Eagles on Sunday will be the battle of the former No. 2 overall picks, with Wentz starting for Philadelphia and Robert Griffin III for Cleveland.

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51 Responses to “Carson Wentz will start Week One”
  1. sonvar says: Sep 5, 2016 11:45 AM

    I don’t think he is ready but I hope he can prove me wrong.

  2. bassplucker says: Sep 5, 2016 11:48 AM

    Wow that’s a dorky photo. The helmet-back-on-your-head thing is a great look, said nobody ever. Who in the Eagles PR dept approved that?

    I also now fully expect the Rams to promote Goff to their starter before next Monday night. So as not to look bad.

  3. skol4life says: Sep 5, 2016 11:49 AM

    He’s ready. To bad the Eagles receivers suck. #BisonNation

  4. NoobTubeTV says: Sep 5, 2016 11:57 AM

    Browns might actually win a game.

  5. deftspyder says: Sep 5, 2016 11:59 AM

    good luck to the new kid. philly could use some wins.

  6. QB Film Room says: Sep 5, 2016 12:00 PM

    Chase is screaming and badgering his way around Philly. Dude was spotted at the Field house Bar near Reading Terminal Market

  7. rcroley says: Sep 5, 2016 12:02 PM

    The best way for Wentz to learn is to play. Vikings were desperate enough to offer a first rounder for Bradford. Would’ve been dumb to pass it up. No one but them would’ve given that much for a guy who can’t stay healthy and has never even seen the playoffs. Smart move by the Eagles. You don’t draft a guy @ #2 to wait and see.

  8. tonebones says: Sep 5, 2016 12:07 PM

    Nothing surprising or radical. Two days ago, Sam Bradford was the best QB on the team. Now Carson Wentz is the best QB on the team. It makes perfect sense to play the best QB.

  9. sdelmonte says: Sep 5, 2016 12:09 PM

    The big question of the season is, which of the teams with the first round QB picks is going to screw up worse.

  10. skinstowin says: Sep 5, 2016 12:12 PM

    he’s a winner. unfortunately, he’s in the REDSKINS division, so there’s 2 losses, among many others, every year.

  11. sufferingbirdsfan says: Sep 5, 2016 12:14 PM

    The rebuild needs to get started now. Wentz may end up being nothing but Bradford definitely was already nothing. Let’s find out sooner rather than later if this kid is the guy or not.

  12. raiderrob21 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:16 PM

    They obviously saw something in camp they like. We had the same thing happen with Carr he wasn’t supposed to start right away but he played good enough in camp and obviously Matt Schaub stunk. Good luck young man on your journey.

  13. janvanflac says: Sep 5, 2016 12:17 PM

    Eagles D looks beastly and their running game looks promising too. They won’t ask too much of him, to start. He’ll be fine.

  14. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 5, 2016 12:18 PM

    Wentz is awful and had no business being the 2nd pick. 2 of the most inept organizations in football square off.

    However it would be so Browns for some scrub they passed on to torch them

  15. richiethegreek says: Sep 5, 2016 12:20 PM

    LET’S GO!

  16. psubeerman21 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:21 PM

    You are going to lose 10 or 11 games. Might as well lose them and develop the kid while you do it. There is nothing gained by starting Chase Daniels

  17. nickinneohio says: Sep 5, 2016 12:27 PM

    Eagles starting Wentz in game 1 against the team which they shipped a bounty of picks to draft him.

    History says the Browns 1st round picks are great as long as the Browns aren’t using them, and I’m a Browns fan.

  18. kitwor says: Sep 5, 2016 12:28 PM

    It takes Big Ba_ _ _ to name a rookie QB as your opening day starter in the NFL.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Pederson listened to a lot of AC/DC last night. I like the call.

  19. haansel82 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:35 PM

    Carson has a lot of talent, coach will keep it simple and allow him to grow. People clamor that without Bradford this team is going no where, yet with him, the team was considered marginal at best.

  20. bucsorbust says: Sep 5, 2016 12:37 PM

    Well, Carson Wentz was terrible, but he was better than Chase Daniel during preseason, which is why the signal the Sam Bradford trade is confirms: the Eagles aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

  21. macjacmccoy says: Sep 5, 2016 12:37 PM

    Whoop Whoop!!!!

  22. imaduffer says: Sep 5, 2016 12:38 PM

    It’s possible that 7-9 could win the NFC East.

  23. officialgame says: Sep 5, 2016 12:42 PM

    The Wentz era starts a year earlier then anticipated because Bradford would have been traded after the season ended regardless of how well he played. Right now the Eagles because of the Vikings trade got the second pick in the draft essentially for a #2 and #3. The other picks were swaps though the Browns got the better of the positioning. The Eagles also gained about 20 million in CAP space they can now use to resign their own and or fill in with free agents. All that’s left is for Wentz to prove his value and that is no small feat.

  24. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 5, 2016 12:51 PM

    Given the state of the NFC East, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wentz pulls a Roethlisberger this year (Maybe he won’t go 14-0 as a rookie starter, but nine wins could still win the division)

  25. motsuret06 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:57 PM

    Lousy decision on the part of the Iggles as usual. Pedersen will crash and burn as a head coach and will be fired withing three years. Just sayin.

  26. chino1985 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    To me, neither Goff or Wentz have the look of a high caliber QB. They look slow, undersized, and indecisive.

  27. QB Film Room says: Sep 5, 2016 1:02 PM

    Chase was pretty good through pre season, he just struggles seeing things because he is so short. Carson better improve his accuracy or he will have a peyton manning like rookie year.

  28. backintheday99 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:09 PM

    Goff looks way worse. Looks like he would rather be skateboarding.

  29. Susan Imbriale says: Sep 5, 2016 1:10 PM

    Can’t wait to watch him run from Clay Matthews

  30. justintuckrule says: Sep 5, 2016 1:11 PM

    Fully expect the Eagles to beat Cleveland by 30. Then guarantee Eagles fans ranking wentz over Brady and saying they’ll have 4 rings in the next 4 years.

  31. dawgturd says: Sep 5, 2016 1:12 PM

    Browns defense sucks and they are learning a new scheme…..again. wentz will put up some points and sprinkle in a couple rookie mistakes throughout. Overall he will have a solid day.

    The media then will then pronounce that wentz will be a HOF QB with that performance, when in reality he had a good game against a defense that I think will be historically bad this season.

    I win.

  32. baselman1974 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:14 PM

    Why pay Chase Daniels $7 million to sit on the bench? Let the O-Line get comfortable and solidify first, and then put Wentz in. A bad O-Line can destroy a young QB (ex. David Carr). Plus the Eagles are helping the Browns the less wins they have due to trading their 1st rounder to them.

  33. therealtrenches says: Sep 5, 2016 1:15 PM

    officialgame says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:42 PM

    “…The Eagles also gained about 20 million in CAP space…”

    ——————–

    False. They saved 7 million in cap space. Look it up.

  34. realfootballfan says: Sep 5, 2016 1:18 PM

    The Eagles clearly are trying to replicate what Andy Reid did with McNabb back in the day. I just doubt it’s going to work out that way this go around. Andy Reid is a really, really good QB coach, one of the best of the modern era. That’s basically what you’re asking Pederson to duplicate to make this happen.

  35. bowhunter8355 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:18 PM

    chino1985 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    To me, neither Goff or Wentz have the look of a high caliber QB. They look slow, undersized, and indecisive.

    Wentz is 6’5″ 237 and runs a 4.7 and has a high football IQ, just what are you looking for in a QB?
    Maybe there is a kid out there that is the spawn of Andre the Giant, Usain Bolt and Albert Einstein, would that meet your standards?

  36. jpk6044 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:19 PM

    The Eagles made a lot of great moves this offseason. Paying Chase Daniels a guaranteed $13 million was not one of them.

  37. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 5, 2016 1:29 PM

    I wonder where the Eagles’ playoff chances wentz…

  38. crappygovernment says: Sep 5, 2016 1:37 PM

    Wentz, Goff, Bradford & Daniel couldn’t hoist Tebow’s jock as a unit! If they were honest they’d acknowledge that fact!

  39. couchbasher says: Sep 5, 2016 1:38 PM

    I’m a Browns fan, and if RG3 were drafted this year… he’d probably be the #1 overall pick over Goff and Wentz. It does look like Wentz has a lot of potential.

  40. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 5, 2016 1:55 PM

    Agree about the dorky photo. Looks like an accountant in a Halloween costume.

  41. Underdawgs says: Sep 5, 2016 2:22 PM

    As someone said already, this game is ripe for the QB the Browns passed on to drop 350 yds and 4 TDs. I liked Wentz better than Goff. Looks like I might be proven right. Hope not.

  42. dlux36 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:40 PM

    Bit surprised it did not come after the week 4 bye, but what the heck I certainly don’t want to watch Chase Daniel for a month.

  43. steves11 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:50 PM

    “There is nothing gained by starting Chase Daniel”

    I think EVERYONE agrees on that!

  44. absolutevisuals says: Sep 5, 2016 2:51 PM

    He’s going to get hurt.

  45. razorbyrd says: Sep 5, 2016 3:08 PM

    trial by fire, I love it!!!
    you don’t draft somebody at #2 if you’re not going to start them… the next year or two are going to be spent recovering from the Chip Kelly debacle… when the teams comes out of that, their QB will be seasoned and ready to lead them to the playoffs… looking forward to seeing CW out there!!

  46. razorbyrd says: Sep 5, 2016 3:11 PM

    jpk6044 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 1:19 PM
    The Eagles made a lot of great moves this offseason. Paying Chase Daniels a guaranteed $13 million was not one of them.

    seriously?! he’s basically a second coach out there who can spend all his time teaching Wentz the system… how is that a bad thing?!

  47. slick3 says: Sep 5, 2016 4:24 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Sep 5, 2016 1:18 PM
    The Eagles clearly are trying to replicate what Andy Reid did with McNabb back in the day. I just doubt it’s going to work out that way this go around. Andy Reid is a really, really good QB coach, one of the best of the modern era. That’s basically what you’re asking Pederson to duplicate to make this happen.

    ———————————————————————————-
    Andy Reid, who never played the position and never played professionally in the NFL at ANY position, is somehow a better QB teacher than Pederson who DID play professionally in the NFL for 16 years. Jeez! The things people write that totally makes no sense. Reid was given a gratuitous position as QB coach by Mike Holmgren, even though he knew nothing, nada, zilch about quarterbacking. Bret Farve, as was his proclivity, totally ignored anything Reid said about quarterbacking. And why shouldn’t he? Reid wasn’t qualified to teach Farve anything about the position. Yet, the gullible often cite his relationship with Farve as proof he’s some kind of QB guru. Please!

  48. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 5, 2016 5:26 PM

    Howie is one vengeful GM. Chip Kelly tried to get rid of Howie. Howie gets rid of the Chip Kelley guys. 2. Cleveland GM said Wentz wasn’t worth a top-20 pick. Howie ships Bradford out and Wentz gets to start against a team that is tanking the season. Check.

  49. buzzlightner says: Sep 5, 2016 6:36 PM

    I bet he wins more then mariota did in gis rookie year. Probably this year too

  50. pftisfulloftrolls says: Sep 5, 2016 9:04 PM

    kitwor says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:28 PM
    It takes Big Ba_ _ _ to name a rookie QB as your opening day starter in the NFL.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Pederson listened to a lot of AC/DC last night. I like the call.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Have you been living under a rock? Almost every rookie QB taken within the 1st round gets named the Day 1 starter. It’s pretty much ridiculous for a highly drafted rookie not to be the Day 1 starter.

  51. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 6, 2016 1:52 AM

    I’m suprised wentz’s ribs are ready…

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