Eagles name rookie Wentz as starting QB


Carson Wentz has been named as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback ahead of their season opener with the Cleveland Browns.

The Eagles traded for the second overall pick in this year's draft to select Wentz, but he was expected to be inactive for the first game of the new campaign.

However, Wentz has been thrust into the limelight after the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 conditional fourh-rounder.

Bradford had been expected to start with Chase Daniel backing him up, but the Eagles have now elected to elevate Wentz ahead of Daniel, making him the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to start the season opener.

"We've got to be smart in how we handle it but at the same time [we] fully expect [Wentz] to perform how he's capable of performing in what we've seen throughout OTAs and training camp," head coach Doug Pederson said.

"What he did in all OTAs, what he's done around this building, the plays he's made in practice, in the one preseason game has given me confidence that he can lead this football team.

"We drafted him to take the reins. It's something now that we are prepared to do."