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Chase Daniel admits “a little disappointed” to not be Eagles starter

Philadelphia Eagles' Chase Daniel (10) passes during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

When Chase Daniel signed with the Eagles, he was destined to be a stable pony.

But when the Eagles changed horses in the middle of the stream, he lost his chance to be the starter, and admits that was difficult.

Via Dave Zangaro of, the still-Eagles backup admitted he was “a little disappointed” at being leapfrogged so they could start rookie Carson Wentz after trading Sam Bradford.

“But believe me, it’s not going to get in the way of my preparation,” Daniel said. “It’s not going to hinder me in any way moving forward.

“Carson’s ready for this and it’s about him now. And we’re going to move forward like that.”

But it also wasn’t hard to see Daniel being a bit upset, as one would be when a rookie who didn’t even play the whole preseason takes the job you’re ostensibly in line for.

“It’s unfortunate for me personally, but that’s not what it’s about,” Daniel said. “It’s not about one person, it’s about the team. It’s about what gives us the best shot to win moving forward and obviously, some guys think that’s Carson. And that’s fine and we’re going to get behind that and roll with it. Like I said, my preparation is not going to change. If anything it helps me a little bit more to just get that fire going and to help the young buck come Sunday.”

The Eagles gave Daniel a nice contract (three years, $21 million), but it was a backup contract, as he was brought in to help teach coach Doug Pederson’s offense. Bradford was already on hand at a much higher rate, so he couldn’t have reasonably expected to start then. But when Bradford was shipped to Minnesota and the No. 2 overall pick had missed time with a rib injury, it’s easy to see how he might have dreamed of starting against the Browns (especially since there are heavy playing time incentives in his contract).

“If I were Chase, I would probably be a little disappointed,” Eagles coach Pederson said.

Many thought since Pederson was the guy who served as placeholder for the Eagles’ last drafted savior (Donovan McNabb), that Daniel might have gotten the same kind of treatment. But they told him immediately that wouldn’t be the case, and he’s dealing with the disappointment on the fly.

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9 Responses to “Chase Daniel admits “a little disappointed” to not be Eagles starter”
  1. QB Film Room says: Sep 6, 2016 6:48 AM

    Chase buddy, be thankful you have lasted this long in league at 5’11”. Chase and Mark Sanchez are only two QBs left in NFL from the 2005 graduating HS class.

  2. jasons81 says: Sep 6, 2016 7:27 AM

    Honestly the whole situation is very screwy. If Bradford were still there Daniel would still be #2. And I cannot recall a rookie QB having done so little preseason work, and really not look that great when he did play, yet be the opening day starter. Just a couple weeks ago he wasn’t supposed to play his rookie season now he’s starting?

    The Eagles appear incompetent.

  3. connfyoozed says: Sep 6, 2016 7:37 AM

    Kudos to Daniel if he is indeed able to swallow his pride and accept his backup status for the sake of the team. The true test will be how helpful Daniel will be to Wentz as a mentor and extra set of eyes on the sideline. I don’t know Daniel and haven’t rooted for his teams, but I see no reason why he won’t be a good teammate as opposed to holding a grudge and holding out with advice.

  4. mykelane says: Sep 6, 2016 7:40 AM

    I’m sure he was upset until Pederson reminded him how much he’s being paid to hold that clipboard.

  5. captainwhodat says: Sep 6, 2016 8:21 AM

    Chase Daniel admits “a little disappointed” to not be Eagles starter…sorry, you were signed (overpaid) to be a backup…would be a huge disappointment considering what Rossman gave up if Wentz wasn’t the starter…

  6. captainstabbins says: Sep 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    If he would watch his preseason tapes he would understand why he is 2nd qb. Hell, one of the cheer leaders could move to 2 and make him 3.

  7. meshnuts says: Sep 6, 2016 9:46 AM

    Eagles will be 4-11 if they’re lucky! This is Howies team now. The Eaglets will not have a winning season until Howie is long gone!!

  8. devildoginasia says: Sep 6, 2016 11:45 AM

    How many QBs with playoff experience have the Eagles let go within the last year and a half? And, what do they have now?

    Keep the faith Eagle Nation.

  9. chebornek says: Sep 6, 2016 12:27 PM

    Daniel is one of the best insurance policies as a backup QB, in the entire league.

    With as many starters who get dinged up on a regular basis, you would think people would take that into consideration.

    He was able to more than double his backup salary by leaving Kansas City for Philadelphia. Smart move on his part.

    The Eagles will look smart, if he has to stand in for Wentz at all this year.

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