Next Thurs., the Philadelphia Eagles have said that they’re going to use the newly-acquired second overall pick on a quarterback. They’re hoping that it’s going to be North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz.
If Wentz is the guy, they’re going to be putting him in a tough spot. Once he’s drafted — if it’s by the Eagles and not by the Los Angeles Rams with the top pick — he’s going to be immediately put as the third quarterback on the depth chart — he’ll likely take over that position from McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who will likely be released in training camp.
He’s going to be behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel. Both Bradford and Daniel thought that they had a future with the Eagles — but not anymore.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has said that Bradford was not pleased when he heard the news.
“He’s hot,” a source told Schefter. “Who wouldn’t be? This is Philly saying, ‘We don’t see (you) as the long-term answer.’ He’s mad and wants to show everyone who’s best.”
In recent years, the teams — who would draft quarterbacks high in the draft — they’ve got action early on. Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans saw immediate action.
If the Rams take Jared Goff — like they’re expected to do — is expected to be the starter immediately. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher before getting the top pick said that Case Keenum would be their starter — but he’s not saying that anymore.
With this, it could hurt Wentz early on because Bradford could shun him by not wanting to work with him. That’s because — even though Bradford signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the team earlier this off-season — he doesn’t have a future with the team, nor does Daniel, who also signed a free agent deal with the team, as well, this off-season.
It’s likely going to be that Bradford may just be the starter for a short-period of time, before going elsewhere. Wentz is considered by the Eagles to be the real deal — and he worked out for the team eight-times, before the window closed to work out prospects.
Head coach Doug Pederson already knows what that’s like, because he was in that position in the 1999 NFL Season. Second overall pick Donovan McNabb replaced him in the nine games into the season before being the Eagles starter for 11-years.
The position that Pederson is in when he signed for one-year with the Eagles in 1999. After McNabb took over, Pederson no longer had a future with the team — and bounced around for a few teams after leaving the Birds.
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