NFL Insider Claims Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz Starting Job is ‘Hanging in the Balance’

Published 12/08/2020, 10:11 AM EST
Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) gets a pass away while under pressure from Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry (94) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles is having a bad season this year. The Eagles quarterback has put in poor performances throughout the season, as the Eagles have been floundering with a 3-8 record.

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Wentz’s future with the Eagles is not secure in the slightest. In their last game against the Packers, deputy quarterback Jalen Hurts took over as the quarterback for the team.

NFL Analyst Ian Rappaport spoke on Good Morning Football about the situation with Wentz, Pederson, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

He said that Pederson was trying something new to address Wentz’s poor play. “Let’s start with the quarterback situation. The last couple of weeks the Eagles have been sprinkling in a little bit, trying to catch some fire in their offense. 

Rappaport added that while Hurts played as the quarterback, Pederson did not guarantee Jalen Hurts would become the starting quarterback.

“It was more than that yesterday, Jalen Hurts played several series at the end and Doug Pederson talked to reporters after the game. And he was noncommittal about potentially Jalen Hurts replacing Carson Wentz.” 

Carson Wentz in jeopardy

Rappaport continued to point out the major reasons of concern regarding Wentz and him playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. he mentioned that the amount of money the Eagles have guaranteed Wentz puts them in a very difficult position to get a replacement.

He said, “The same Carson Wentz who has been their franchise starter, who they thought was going to be their quarterback for 10 years, and who they’re giving $25 million guaranteed to next year.

“Who they cannot cut, because its 60 million dollars in dead money if they cut him after next season.”

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Rappaport concluded by saying that Jalen Hurts did play a significant amount of minutes in the game against the Packers. But there is no definite verdict from Pederson about who would be the starting quarterback for the Eagles.

“That very same Carson Wentz could in fact end up on the bench. Doug Pederson needs to look at the film, check out injuries, evaluate everything, but he said a decision should be coming on who the starting quarterback is.”

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It will be interesting to see who Pederson chooses to play as the quarterback for the rest of the season. The Eagles are essentially out of playoff contention right now. But the repetitions they get now could help them understand their team dynamic for the next season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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