The Philadelphia Eagles took a chance on quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. However, it doesn’t look like the team is too sold on giving him ample playing time this season.
Sam Bradford is entering the season as the presumptive starter, but there is always a chance that he could go down with another major injury, which means the Eagles need a good backup for 2016. According to the Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski, Chase Daniel, who signed with the team earlier this year, could be in line to win the second-string job.
Kempski wrote: “It’s very clear the Eagles want to be extremely patient with Wentz, a player they view as the long term centerpiece of the franchise, but not in any way some kind of short term fix. Even if Bradford gets hurt, count on pricey backup Chase Daniel to take over the reins as the starter. There’s a very good chance Wentz won’t even dress on game day, as teams typically only keep two quarterbacks active.”
Daniel is an experienced backup in the NFL, playing 55 total games with two starts. In his career, he has 464 yards and a touchdown, including 248 yards during the 2013 season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
It is pretty surprising to not see Carson Wentz in contention for the starting job after the Eagles spent a hefty price on him in the draft. It will be interesting to see what the team does with him going forward.