The Facts: Ever since the Eagles selected Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, they've made it clear that they want to be extremely patient with him. Wentz is a player the Eagles view as the long term centerpiece of the franchise, but not in any way some kind of short term fix. They're so dedicated to their patient approach, in fact, that Wentz probably won't even be active on game day initially, according to HC Doug Pederson.
Diehards Line:“Typically, the third quarterback is down," said Pederson. "It’s hard right now to look down the road, but if we had to play this week, Carson would be down. He’d be the third quarterback. He’d be deactivated. That’s probably the direction we’re heading, I would think is going that route. Obviously barring injury and, as you know, how this game is, but typically the third quarterback, whoever that is, is down on game day.” Remember, the Eagles handed out lucrative contracts both to Sam Bradford and backup Chase Daniel, before drafting Wentz. They've also repeatedly stated that Bradford is the starter in 2016. In a best case scenario, the Eagles would love to be competitive in 2016 with Bradford having his best season as a starter (not a high bar). That will make it easier for Howie Roseman to flip Bradford for a decent draft pick during the 2017 offseason. Meanwhile, Daniel's role feels a lot like he is the long term backup, first for Bradford, and then for Wentz whenever the Eagles deem Wentz ready.