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Eagles willing to let Carson Wentz run, but not quite yet

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback  Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes the ball for a first down against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has shown he can run.

But Eagles coach Doug Pederson doesn’t want him to, at least not yet.

Pederson said his intent was to avoid calling designed runs for his rookie quarterback, particularly early in the season.

“Without giving away the game plan? No, I’m not,” Pederson said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Now, this week for us, it’s our fourth game of the season. As a staff, we’ve got to be extremely smart on how we handle that aspect of the game.

“Probably the deeper as you go into your regular season, if you are in a position to make the postseason, you might increase that a little bit. One of the things that I think defenses sometimes forget — I’m not saying they forget it completely — is the quarterback and the ability to run.”

Pederson knows well from his days with the Chiefs that it can be an effective complement to an offense, with designed runs for Alex Smith leading to a career-high 498 rushing yards. Wentz has the ability to get to the edge, but he also has a tendency to not know when to get down yet, so they don’t want to break him.

But he’s being a good rookie about it, replying “it is what it is,” when asked if he’d like to run more.

While he has the ability, he also has a coach who is thinking about his long-term progression, which extends beyond this season.

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6 Responses to “Eagles willing to let Carson Wentz run, but not quite yet”
  1. edon8334 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:29 AM

    Can’t wait for week 5..we’re gonna SMASH the smeagles


  2. newpairofsox says: Oct 7, 2016 7:59 AM

    “Without giving away the game plan?”
    “No, I’m not,”


  3. nyeagles10 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:06 AM

    Week 5 Sir is circled on our calendars. Going to be a beauty

  4. fcox91 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:44 PM

    The Redskins “smash” the Eagles? With…Kirk hahahahahahaha Cousins hahahaha???? Delusional.

  5. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    doug being a ex qb has the perfect blend of game, player and coach knowledge. He really is a very smart guy re most aspects of the NFL. thrown in Gym Shorts and you’ve got one helluva coaching crew!
    Doug for president and Jim for Vice!
    Hey, they’re better than our OTHER choices, HUH??!!

  6. macjacmccoy says: Oct 7, 2016 5:11 PM

    Eagles play the Lions in week 5 you bag of fools.

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