Carson Wentz might very well start out the Eagles' 2016 season as a game day inactive, but the rookie quarterback will get plenty of playing time during Philadelphia's first preseason game this Thursday evening. Following practice on Monday, Doug Pederson explained how the Eagles' quarterbacks will split playing time.
"I’m going to try and get them all in the game," Pederson said. "Obviously, Sam [Bradford] will start with the ones. I got Chase [Daniel] going in there. Carson will take the bulk of the second half. And then when I get an opportunity I want to see McLeod [Bethel-Thompson] get some time late in the game."
Preseason football isn't all that interesting to begin with, but the second half of games are typically even more boring since the starters are long gone by that point. The intrigue of getting to see Wentz play, however, adds an untypical intrigue to the game. For many Eagles fans, this will be their first chance to get a look at the team's future franchise quarterback.
Wentz has looked impressive at times during Eagles training camp. He's also had some struggles, though, and it's clear he's not seriously challenging for the starting job right now. Pederson touched on what he specifically wants to see out of Wentz during the rookie's first crack at game action.
"He’s been exposed to all the situations in practice," Pederson started. "It’s just now execution. I want to see the timing, the accuracy, the decision-making with him. I want to see him being able to move our offense, especially coming out of the locker room, [before] the second half of a game, and then starting fast. I just want to see that execution. I want to see him lead the football team, especially in this first game."
Wentz will obviously have wait his turn on Thursday might. Pederson indicated he'll give Philadelphia's starters a series or two or three depending on how long the drive(s) last. Then the backups, led by Daniel at quarterback, will come in. Wentz will be playing with some backups and deep reserve players.
The Eagles play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Thursday, Aug. 11 at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff time is 7:00 PM ET.