Doug Pederson confirms Sam Bradford will start in Week 1
The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday opened training camp and it didn’t take long for the team’s No. 1 offseason story to become a primary topic of conversation.
The Eagles of course traded up to select Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In the wake of the decision, Sam Bradford had a very public and unhappy reaction to the move.
While both the Eagles and Bradford have attempted to move on from the controversy, head coach Doug Pederson did his best to snub out any lingering awkwardness and uncertainty involving the quarterback position by definitively proclaiming Bradford as the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1 and setting the depth chart from that point on down.
“Well, I mean, I’ve said all along Sam’s the guy,” Pederson said Monday, via philly.com. “Then you’ve got to get through four games and a lot of preseason. Going into September 11, you know, Sam’s the guy. Sam’s the guy, and I’ll stick to that as we go. Chase [Daniel] is the No. 2 and Carson is No. 3.”
The Eagles obviously envision Wentz as the team’s quarterback of the future. But Pederson did leave the door open to the possibility that the young signal-caller’s rookie season could be a redshirt one of sorts.
“Well, we don’t know it will be his entire rookie year,” Pederson said. “We can’t speculate that far out. But going into the season, there is a good chance it starts that way.”
The plan at this point appears to be for Wentz to be inactive on game days, at least at the start of the season. But the plan is to make sure Wentz sees the field a lot early on in camp and during the team’s first two preseason games.
As far as Bradford is concerned, he attempted to say all the right things on Monday, despite the fact that he’s essentially a placeholder for Wentz and his future with the team after this season is anything but certain.
I think at this point,” Bradford said Monday, via NJ.com. “I’m just trying to come out here, get better each day and try to make this team better. Try to help this team win and do my job the best I can. That’s all I can control. Whatever happens, happens.”