According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles may have already made a decision on who will start Thursday’s season opener.
The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018
If the report is true, then it will be Nick Foles who takes to the field for his first taste of meaningful action since being named Super Bowl 52 MVP. For Eagles fans, this is bound to caused mixed emotions.
While it’s difficult not seeing Wentz out there, Doug Pederson has always been incredibly transparent, keen to assure the media and everyone else that patience is a virtue and it’s the recovery of his quarterback that matters, not an extra game or two.
Foles capped off his wobbly first start of 2017 to embark on one of the most incredible runs in NFL history, eventually out dueling Tom Brady in the biggest dance of all in what can only be described as a mythical performance. Since then, Foles has has a quiet offseason and an underwhelming preseason that saw him make a series of costly errors, enraging his head coach.
Foles will be without Alshon Jeffery, which won’t exactly make life easier, but he will have the game planning of an opponent and an offense that, as it was last year, is molded to enrich his skillset.
I wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of Wentz starting however. Doug Pederson has refused to give any insight into who his starting quarterback will be next week, making this report seem a little out of the ordinary. The mystique of not knowing who to prep for would be an ace in the sleeve of the Super Bowl champions, so is it really hard to believe that Pederson would be blowing some smoke to try and throw Atlanta off the scent? Who knows…
As of right now, be prepared to see Nick Foles begin the season as the team’s starting quarterback.
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