Kurt Warner believes Carson Wentz is in a ‘tough situation’
NFL Network analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner believes Carson Wentz faces a “tough situation” while working to reclaim his starting quarterback status with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It’s a tough, tough situation for a young kid,” Warner told NJ Advanced Media at an NFL Network media preview event.
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. But without any reps in the preseason, Wentz being under center against the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 6 seems unlikely. In fact, recent speculation suggests Week 3 would be a realistic time for Wentz’s return with Nick Foles taking the reins for the first two games.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson indicated earlier this week the team will know who will start in Week 1 by this coming Friday.
Warner of course knows a thing or two about the starter-backup dynamic, albeit from the opposite perspective of Wentz. Still, Warner recognizes how difficult that dynamic must be for Wentz, who sat out with an ACL injury while watching Foles lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in his place.
“That’s a tough situation,” Warner said. “You’re coming off a (torn) ACL, so first so you just gotta get healthy and make sure you’re ready to play your way when you get out there. There’s already the expectation to get out there. Now it’s ‘If I don’t start and this guy’s (Nick Foles) playing, then there’s that pressure.
“…. You gotta remember how young this kid is too. There’s so much pressure on him coming back that it’s gonna be impossible to live up to all of it. You hope somewhere in there he can tune out the noise and say ‘bottom line is I have to get healthy and play football like I play football.’