The Philadelphia Eagles have surprised and pleased their fan base, with a series of moves that seem too good to be true. Sam Bradford is now a Minnesota Viking, the Eagles now have a first round pick next season, and second overall pick of last years draft Carson Wentz will be starting for the Philadelphia Eagles.
What does this mean for the Eagles?
It shows that the coaching staff trusts the young talent to go out and play well, or at least to get his first feel for the game on a professional level. I honestly think we know more about Carson Wentz as a person than we do as a football player, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman “Carson Wentz was lying in the middle of a cornfield hunting geese when Doug Pederson called him Saturday to tell him he’s the starter.” He tweeted in June about being locked in a New Jersey gas station bathroom, is joking with veteran teammates, and has been referred to as a player any coach would love to have. From a football standpoint, he comes from a largely unproven program that has never had an NFL Quarterback drafted from their school (North Dakota State), he has played little to no preseason football, and will not play in the final preseason game.
Whether this is the right call or not will never be known, but I think everyone in the city is more excited for Eagles football than we were a week ago. The most surprising part of all this is that once again Chase Daniel is a back up Quarterback, likely because he has been massively underwhelming this preseason, but when Doug Pederson brought Daniel in, (before Wentz was drafted) there was some real buzz around whether or not Chase Daniel would start for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now we are at a point where we have some fresh young blood under center, we can hang our hats on the fact that Wentz will be starting before the QB taken first overall (Jared Goff), and it gives the fan base some hope for the future. I love the move to get Wentz acclimated to the game, hopefully he comes out strong and is the guy going forward.