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Carson Wentz named Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback

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After trading away their original starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings in a deal that was an absolute steal whatever way you look at it, the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge decision to make.

And now that decision has been made, as head coach Doug Pederson announced that Carson Wentz would be making his NFL debut this weekend.

That's right, the Eagles have made the risky play of making their rookie first-rounder the new starting quarterback ahead of the 2016 NFL season.


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Pederson and the Eagles coaching staff seem to have faith that Wentz is ready to go.

"We obviously made this decision. And I spent the weekend with my offensive staff ..." he said. "Everybody feels like this kid is ready to go and we drafted him to take on the reins and it's something now we are prepared to do."

Wentz has sat out most of the preseason so far after suffering a hairline rib fracture in his first appearance.

It will be interesting to see if he can hit the ground running as part of an NFL offense after such limited in-game time with the first string offense.

Hopefully, Ryan Mathews and the Eagles offensive line will be able to establish a solid run game for the 23-year-old quarterback. 

Wentz played his college ball at North Dakota State, an FCS team, and was expected to sit for the first season of his NFL career as he got adjusted to the big time. The Eagles took him 2nd overall, behind Jared Goff - who is listed as the third string QB on the LA Rams roster.

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