Carson Wentz Named Eagles Starting QB vs. Browns over Chase Daniel

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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With Sam Bradford out of the picture, the Philadelphia Eagles will turn to Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback when they kick off the season against the Cleveland Browns.

Head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Monday that Wentz would be under center Sunday, adding the quarterback is "100 percent healthy" and practiced with the first team.

The decision comes after the Eagles announced Saturday that they dealt Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 fourth-round selection.

Wentz told reporters he was hunting geese in a cornfield when Pederson informed him he would be starting against the Browns. The quarterback also said his rib injury was cleared by team doctors on Monday morning.

That seemingly put Chase Daniel in line to seize the starting job, but shortly after the trade, ESPN's Adam Caplan reported the Eagles would go with Wentz in Week 1 provided he was recovered from his injury.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirmed the report and had the following to say regarding Daniel's feelings on the matter:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Told same as @caplannfl: It's the Carson Wentz show in Philly when he's healthy. Source says Chase Daniel not happy.

The Eagles gave up several assets to trade up to the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 NFL draft for the opportunity to pick Wentz.

Wentz appeared in just one preseason game for the Eagles due to injury, completing 12 of 24 passes for 89 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Daniel, meanwhile, completed 61.7 percent of his attempts for 332 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The veteran also has a history with Pederson, who was Daniel's offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 through 2015.

Despite that familiarity, the Eagles decided the future is now, which means they will sink or swim with Wentz at the helm.

In any event, Wentz was bound to ascend to the starting role in the near future considering how much the Eagles invested in him, and with Bradford no longer blocking his path, it makes sense for Philly to see what it has in the North Dakota State alum.


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