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Carson Wentz will make it nine straight years with rookie QB starting Week One

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz takes a drink during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The Cleveland Browns face the Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

The Eagles have named Carson Wentz their starting quarterback for their season opener against the Browns on Sunday.

Barring any calamities in the next two days, that means the NFL will have a rookie starting at quarterback in the first week of the regular season for the ninth straight year. As Michael Signora of the NFL points out, that’s the longest streak in the league since the start of the Super Bowl era. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will be this year’s second rookie quarterback to start, three hours after Wentz.

The previous high was four straight years from 1968-1971 when nine quarterbacks, including Roger Staubach and Terry Bradshaw, made their debuts. The Bengals (Dewey Warren, Greg Cook) and Bills (Dan Darragh, James Harris) both started rookie quarterbacks in both 1968 and 1969.

The current streak has seen 17 quarterbacks bow in the opener with the Jets (Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith) as the only team to send two rookies into the lineup. They are 7-10 in those games, including a win for Robert Griffin III in 2012. Griffin will be on the opposite side of the field as Wentz tries to bump the number of wins to eight this weekend.

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40 Responses to “Carson Wentz will make it nine straight years with rookie QB starting Week One”
  1. dolphins4 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:00 AM

    What about Dak Presscott he is a rookie too.

  2. The Mike says: Sep 9, 2016 9:06 AM

    Y’all forgot about Dak, didn’t you?

  3. newjerseygiants says: Sep 9, 2016 9:10 AM

    I despise the Eagles although hope the kid does well. As long as the Giants win the division, I’m okay with that.

  4. jolly1234 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:11 AM

    Top draft picks starting… I’m sure there is a story in there somewhere.

  5. bertyboz says: Sep 9, 2016 9:16 AM

    What about Dak Prescott?

  6. bcdc26 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:17 AM

    Even if they had kept Bradford and started him, it would still be 9 straight years because Prescott is starting

  7. wolfskins says: Sep 9, 2016 9:17 AM

    What about Dak Prescott? I believe he is a rookie and starting… Or did the preseason count as his rookie year??

  8. Jack Gorman says: Sep 9, 2016 9:22 AM

    It didn’t occur to any of you that this was locked in weeks ago when Dak Prescott became the starter in Dallas?

  9. factschecker says: Sep 9, 2016 9:25 AM

    7-11 record after this weekend. Ironically 7-11 is probably where Wentz should be working instead of on an NFL field.

    He seems like a nice kid. I’m glad he will be financially set when this is all over.

  10. superman2352 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:26 AM

    Dak Prescott??

  11. bills72284 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:37 AM

    Can anyone explain to me why Chase Daniel is making 7 mil?

  12. QB Film Room says: Sep 9, 2016 9:39 AM

    Jared Goff can’t even hold Wentz’ Jock Strap. Went is so much smarter and better than Goff.

  13. oldmanpaco says: Sep 9, 2016 10:15 AM

    I don’t know if its been mentioned but Dak is also starting.

  14. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    It’s funny to see how many people just read the headline and respond. It just makes them look stupid!

  15. blackbug99 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:19 AM

    Did any Cowboy fan actually read the article? Dak starts 3 hrs after Wentz.

  16. jnks10 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:24 AM

    Hilarious to see all the people say what about Dak. READ THE ARTICLE PEOPLE WHERE IT STATES HOW CARSON PLAYS 3 HOURS BEFORE DAK! My god don’t just read the headlines and comment.

  17. clevelandrocksyourface says: Sep 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    How many years in a row has it been that a rookie qb starting week one got crushed and didn’t make it to week two?

    ‘Cause that’s what’s likely to happen Sunday.

  18. isaidjoemontegna says: Sep 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    These comments really prove the caliber of people on this site. Clearly, you didn’t even read to the end of the second paragraph where he said Prescott is starting 3 hours later. Come on guys! You’re better than that.

  19. stl45fan says: Sep 9, 2016 10:41 AM

    And Jared Goof is not even Active, behind Keesum, Mannion and Hekker the punter & emergency QB!

  20. immafubared says: Sep 9, 2016 10:52 AM

    Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM
    It’s funny to see how many people just read the headline and respond. It just makes them look stupid!

    Oh its much more than look!

  21. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:56 AM

    isaidjoemontegna says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    These comments really prove the caliber of people on this site. Clearly, you didn’t even read to the end of the second paragraph where he said Prescott is starting 3 hours later. Come on guys! You’re better than that.
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    No, they really aren’t!

  22. cruzcowboy says: Sep 9, 2016 11:04 AM

    Yes Dak is starting, but only due to injury. Wentz actually won the job.

  23. bobbyhoying says: Sep 9, 2016 11:07 AM

    Let’s hope Denver is not on the schedule.

  24. silvernblacksabbath says: Sep 9, 2016 11:24 AM

    Wentz can be great if the O-line protects him.. He gets the ball out quick and is athletic.. Reminds me of Rodgers a little…

  25. usg1 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:25 AM

    cruzcowboy says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:04 AM
    Yes Dak is starting, but only due to injury. Wentz actually won the job.

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    I’m an Eagles fan and I wouldn’t say that. He got the job because the Vikings overpaid for Bradturd. It’s not like Wentz would have been starting over Bradturd. If Bradturd was still here, he would be starting, not Wentz. So, Wentz really didn’t win the job.

  26. pourman says: Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM

    You’re asking way too much. Cowboy fan…read?

  27. granadafan says: Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM

    cruzcowboy says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:04 AM
    Yes Dak is starting, but only due to injury. Wentz actually won the job.
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    LOL, Wentz only “won” the job because the Eagles traded away the actual starting QB

  28. kayakattack says: Sep 9, 2016 11:36 AM

    Those of you complaining about Dak Prescott are showing off that you dont actually read articles

  29. dolphins4 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:36 AM

    To all you morons that said read the article first before you comment when the article first came out it didn’t even say anything about Dak Prescott that is why everyone was saying what about Dak.

  30. joshhatesthesteelers says: Sep 9, 2016 11:45 AM

    Without looking it up I thought the Broncos QB was a rookie

  31. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 9, 2016 11:55 AM

    dolphins4 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:36 AM

    To all you morons that said read the article first before you comment when the article first came out it didn’t even say anything about Dak Prescott that is why everyone was saying what about Dak.
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    Sure it did.

  32. birdsfan7 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:55 AM

    I guess cowboy fans can’t read

  33. mrmcdougle says: Sep 9, 2016 11:57 AM

    granadafan says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM
    cruzcowboy says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:04 AM
    Yes Dak is starting, but only due to injury. Wentz actually won the job.
    ==========================================

    LOL, Wentz only “won” the job because the Eagles traded away the actual starting QB
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    Further, the Rams seem to be operating under the philosophy that they expect to win (i don’t agree). The Eagles are willing to take their lumps with Wentz. Both QB’s would be reaches in most other years, so it’s kind of hard to beat them up. In all likelihood neither guy will be a pro bowl QB.

  34. birdsfan7 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:58 AM

    Dolphins4 you are the moron

  35. autoriot says: Sep 9, 2016 12:12 PM

    Did anyone even read the piece? He mentioned Dak Prescott. Holy moly…

  36. mrmcdougle says: Sep 9, 2016 2:24 PM

    autoriot says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:12 PM
    Did anyone even read the piece? He mentioned Dak Prescott. Holy moly…
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    Please clarify. When you say piece, most people here will assume you mean the character string “carson wentz will make it nine straight years with a rookie qb starting week one” … You have to be explicit about the block of text between that, and the ‘submit’ button.

  37. wlubake says: Sep 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    Everyone look at the string of comments. People are asking “what about Dak” right up until about 10:15 this morning. Then from there on, you get a bunch of, “read the article” comments. Clearly it was edited around 10:15 to mention Dak. Having read it early this morning (before the edit), I can attest that it originally had no mention of Dak.

  38. usg1 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:00 PM

    mrmcdougle says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:57

    Further, the Rams seem to be operating under the philosophy that they expect to win (i don’t agree). The Eagles are willing to take their lumps with Wentz. Both QB’s would be reaches in most other years, so it’s kind of hard to beat them up. In all likelihood neither guy will be a pro bowl QB.

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    That is dumb and false hope. They wouldn’t win much more with Keenum than they would with Goff. Just like the Eagles weren’t gonna win much more (I actually think they can win more with Wentz) with Bradturd than Wentz.

    Honestly, I think the truth with the Rams is, Goff is a lot further behind than they wanted. I heard rumors of him not picking it up. LA isn’t seriously in any position to contend for anything. That is the only way you don’t go with Goff is if he is just too far behind.

  39. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:27 PM

    Forget Dak….Cowboys receive enough hype and media attention!!!!!

  40. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 13, 2016 12:52 PM

    Dak blows! I thought he was the smartest guy of the class! He said so, it MUST be true!

    OH AND Zeeke said he’s gonna break Dickersons rookie record 1800 odd some yds!… gonna be hard from here on out ROOK, 51 yds vs the Gints, who are no great Defensive team AT ALL!

    Turds are going 4-12 again!
    They’ll long for the good ol’ days of 8-8

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