Eagles to start QB Foles in Week 1

What Aaron Rodgers massive contract extension means for Carson Wentz

Neither is Carson Wentz's recovery from a torn ACL and LCL that ended his 2017 season. In a testy exchange Sunday with reporters, Philadelphia's head coach refused to confirm who would be under center for his team, eventually citing a desire to maintain a competitive advantage.

Including his three playoff wins last season, Foles is 14-8 in games he's started for the Eagles.

When asked what words were put in his mouth, he tersely responded, "You saw the reports".

Though Wentz has participated in full-team drills, he has yet to be cleared for contact. The Eagles have chosen their Week 1 starter.




Coach Doug Pederson said earlier this week that he would make up his mind today about Thursday's starter but didn't plan to make it public until the day of the game. In fact, Corey Clement is the flawless example of just how important this time of year can be for players battling to make roster spots since he went from being an undrafted free agent making the team to Super Bowl champion.

This obviously will not be Foles' first time filling in for Wentz.

In his second season a year ago after having been the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Wentz had put himself in the MVP conversation before suffering a severe knee injury in Week 14. It's likely that he won't miss more than just a couple of games, if even that many, so the Eagles just need Foles to get them through the start of the season.

Although the ideal scenario would be Wentz getting back under center as soon as possible for the NFC heavyweights against potentially one of their strongest opponents in the conference, Foles proved to be a formidable backup at the position previous year when the MVP candidate went down with the season-ending knee injury. Foles took 264 team reps during training camp practices that were open to the media. That might help Wentz be ready by then.

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