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.
“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.