Doug Pederson: Too soon to know who will start at QB in season opener
Doug Pederson has been “highly encouraged” by the progress Carson Wentz is making in rehab after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee late last season.
That said, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach on Tuesday indicated it’s still way too early to know if it will be Wentz or Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles under center for the team’s season opener on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.
However, Wentz is “obviously very limited” and not taking part in full-team drills, Pederson pointed out. With that in mind, Foles currently is atop the quarterback depth chart as the Eagles continue with offseason activities.
“Right now, today, that’s the case,” Pederson said at the start of the team’s three-day minicamp, via NJ.com. “I can’t speak for September when we open up against the Falcons because I don’t know where we’re going to be at that time. I think on the outside world, people looking at the Eagles would probably say ‘yeah, Nick deserves an opportunity.”
“But this is the off-season still,” Pederson added. “… Right here, standing here today, if we’re playing a game, I’d probably say Nick Foles is going out on the field.”
Wentz of course went down with his knee injury in Week 13 and it goes without saying that Foles, after getting acclimated, performed brilliantly in his stead.
“Listen, I still believe this is Carson’s team,” Pederson said. “I don’t think differently about that.”
Wentz has consistently stated it’s his goal to start in Week 1. Pederson noted that Wentz appears “very hungry” amid recovery.
“I would be,” Pederson said of Wentz. “As the leader of the team, the face of the franchise, he was drafted to be our guy long term. … But yeah he’s chomping, he’s ready to get back out there.”