Doug Pederson: Nick Foles Is Eagles' Starter Right Now Amid Carson Wentz's Rehab

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in action along with Nick Foles, right, during practice at NFL football training camp, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are Carson Wentz's team—when he's healthy.

Until then, though, Nick Foles will run the offense.

Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson made it clear, per WPVI-TV's Jamie Apody, on Tuesday that Foles is the team's starting quarterback while Wentz continues to work his way back from a torn ACL. Apody also noted it's not clear who will be under center come Week 1 on Sept. 6.

While leading his team to an 11-2 record and NFC East title, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games. That performance had the second-year passer as the front-runner for NFL MVP.

And then he went down with a season-ending injury in Week 14.

The rest of the football world may have counted out the Eagles when Wentz went down, but Foles stepped in and led them to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. He earned the game's MVP honors by throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

Philadelphia listened to calls on Foles earlier this offseason, but with Wentz's status for the start of the 2018 campaign unclear and insufficient offers on the table, the team kept him.

Foles let it be known he wants a chance to start, but he also welcomes the opportunity to help both Wentz and Philadelphia. 

"My [role] right now is to help this team in practice while Carson's getting healthy, which I'm excited for," Foles told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank in April. "I want him to get back out there and get healthy and get back to [being] Carson Wentz. I want him to [pick up] off where he left off. That excites me from a friend's perspective and a teammate's perspective."

Although he may not have been given a chance to go elsewhere to start, the Eagles took care of him this offseason by restructuring his contract.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen (via Adam Schefter), reported last week that he is "starting to believe that Carson Wentz is going to be ready for the opener." If the former No. 2 overall pick is medically cleared by the start of the season, the Eagles would be thrilled. But given Foles has shown he is more than capable of leading the team to victory, there is no sense in rushing Wentz back before he's ready. 

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