Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made it official on Monday, the Eagles for the first time in their history will have a rookie starting in their regular season opener.
Carson Wentz, who was the second overall pick in May’s NFL Draft, will get the call under center when the Eagles entertain the Cleveland Browns Sunday at 1pm.
“Everybody feels like this kid is ready to go,” Pederson said. “We drafted him to take on the reins. It’s something now that we’re prepared to do. He’s such a special guy. This stage is not too big for him.”
The Eagles underwent quite a change at quarterback over the weekend, when early on Saturday they agreed with the Minnesota Vikings to deal former starter Sam Bradford for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick.
It was thought at first that backup Chase Daniel would get the start against the Browns, but he will now serve as Wentz’s backup if things go wrong or he goes down Sunday.
“I feel like I’ve earned respect just from how I go about my business, how I carry myself,” Wentz said. “There’s nothing different that I’ve got to do now. It’s still football. I’ve got to still be the same guy and just play ball, and I think those guys believe in me and I’m excited for it.”