Doug Pederson to ‘let things unfold’ with Carson Wentz’s Week 1 status
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson does not see the need to rush things along in determining who will be starting at quarterback in Week 1. Whether it ultimately will be Carson Wentz or Nick Foles, Pederson intends to let things play out and go from there.
The Eagles of course have weeks of training camp, preseason games and the like to gauge Wentz’s potential readiness. And Pederson as no intention of forcing the issue with the franchise quarterback.
”I’m not going to push him or get him out there sooner than he has to,” Pederson said of Wentz after the first day of training camp, via SB Nation. “I want to make sure that he’s 100 percent. He looked good today, and we’re just going to continue to progress.”
The Eagles may have the best backup quarterback situation in the NFL with Foles, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, in the fold. The team can benefit from Foles’ presence and not be forced to push Wentz, who looked spry and sharp Thursday, back too soon.
”I’m going to let things unfold and I’m going to trust the medical staff. I’m going to listen to Carson,” Pederson said. “I’m going to see how we do in practice, and we’ll make a decision (on who starts in Week 1) when we get to that point.”
Wentz has long stated it’s his goal to start in Week 1 when the Eagles open their season on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons. While there was some concern Wentz could open camp on the PUP list, the Eagles determined he was ready to be a full participant for the most part.
Meanwhile, Foles expressed no concern whatsoever about who will be anointed Week 1’s starter.
“No one knows my label,” Foles recently said. “It’s sort of been that way for a long time, and I’ve said it before, I don’t really care.”
The fact that Foles boasts such a team-first, unselfish attitude speaks to the luxury the Eagles enjoy at the quarterback position.