Doug Pederson: Eagles will know Week 1 starting QB by Friday
The uncertainty surrounding whether it will be Carson Wentz or Nick Foles under center in Week 1 for the Philadelphia Eagles continues. Doug Pederson did reveal on Tuesday, however, that at least the team internally will know who will start against the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 6 by this coming Friday.
But that does not mean anyone outside the organization will learn about which way the Eagles are leaning.
“90 minutes before kickoff,” Pederson said Tuesday while grinning about when the public will find out, though, via NJ.com.
Wentz has not yet been cleared for contact but has begun splitting 11-on-11 reps with Foles, an increase in participation that started last week. That marked the first time Wentz has done so since July 28. Wentz has long stated it’s his goal to start in Week 1 when the Eagles open their season.
Pederson stated last week that the ultimate decision on who will start in Week 1 — and by default, when Wentz is cleared — is above his pay grade, so to speak. Still, the Eagles head coach insists things are going according to plan, even if one report indicates Wentz may not be ready until Week 3.
“This is still preseason and we’re giving all of our quarterbacks reps at this time,” Pederson said. “Obviously when you get into the regular season and you start game-planning you want whoever that gentleman is going to be to get that full complement of reps.”
Pederson added that Wentz’s performance in 11-on-11 drills has been encouraging.
“When he came back into 11 on 11s, one of the noticeable changes was his lower body strength and how well he’s progressed through his rehab and conditioning,” Pederson said.
It was believed that the Eagles had the best backup quarterback situation in the NFL with Foles, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, in the fold. That notion has taken a serious hit during the preseason, as Foles has struggled mightily. That said, the Eagles will continue to exercise extreme caution with Wentz, and rightfully so.