By Peter Gleason
Just so there is clarity on the subject, Eagles coach Doug Pedersobn spoke today about quarterback Carson Wentz:
“I think inside he’s very hungry,” Pederson said at NovaCare before the start of day 1 of mini-camp. “I would be. As the leader of the team, the face of the franchise, he was drafted to be our guy long term. Listen, I still believe this is Carson’s team. I don’t think differently about that. But yeah he’s chomping, he’s ready to get back out there.”
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is back with the Eagles for one more season — as a back-up. Wentz was marching toward a possible league MVP award before his knee injury, and has made remarkable progress in his recovery from knee surgery, rising the point of participation in 7-on-7 drills.
So for now, Foles is No. 1.
“Right now, today, that’s the case,” Pederson said. “I can’t speak for September when we open up against the Falcons because I don’t know where we’re going to be at that time,” Pederson said. “I think on the outside world, people looking at the Eagles would probably say ‘yeah, Nick deserves an opportunity.”
“But this is the off-season still,” Pederson added, saying he’s “encouraged with Carson’s progress on the field right now … Right here, standing here today, if we’re playing a game, I’d probably say Nick Foles is going out on the field.”