Eagles know who will be starting QB in Week 2, won’t disclose it
The Philadelphia Eagles claim to already know who will under center in Sunday’s Week 2 showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But don’t expect the team to disclose just yet whether it will be Nick Foles or Carson Wentz.
“I think [we] feel pretty confident,” Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh said Tuesday on the identity of Sunday’s starter, via NJ.com. “We’re already onto the game-plan and moving forward with that at this point of the week.”
Foles of course played in the Eagles’ Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday. While the veteran was not outstanding, he did enough to lead the Eagles to victory.
Wentz, while taking part in 11-on-11 drills, reportedly has not yet been cleared for contact. Prevailing speculation concerning Wentz’s return suggests Week 3’s game against the Indianapolis Colts could be a realistic timeline, although other reports have suggested he could be out into October.
However, another report from this past weekend suggested the Eagles have “much more optimism” that Wentz’s return will come “sooner than later.”
All that said, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said last week that Wentz was “close” to returning. This came after Pederson admitted to being “abrasive” with the media over an NFL Network report filed ahead of the Eagles’ Week 1 game, one he argued was “putting words” in his mouth concerning Wentz’s status.
Given the continued uncertainty, the most likely outcome is the Eagles will opt to have Foles start on Sunday, with the timing of Wentz’s ultimate return remaining unclear heading into next week.
One issue confronting the Eagles is how Foles has not been at the top of his game of late, going back to the preseason and into Week 1’s win. Groh expressed no concern over Foles’ struggles, saying Tuesday, “The No. 1 job of the quarterback is to bring his team home a winner. Nick’s found a way to do that.”