REPORT: Nick Foles expected to start for Eagles in Week 1
According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, the Eagles are expected to go with Nick Foles over Carson Wentz as the starter for next Thursday’s game against the Falcons.
The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018
Wentz has made tremendous progress in his recovery from the torn ACL and LCL he suffered last season and was cleared to participate in 11-on-11 drills in training camp. Still, the Eagles continue to take the precautionary route with Wentz in order to avoid any possible setbacks.
Prior to his season-ending knee injury, the 25-year-old quarterback proved himself to be the Eagles’ long-term solution under center, looking to be the favorite to win the NFL MVP. Philadelphia is right to be cautious, looking for sustained success over the next decade.
Of course, Philadelphia has the luxury of playing Foles as the starter to begin the season. He had a rough showing in the preseason but after leading the team to a Super Bowl victory last season, the Eagles should be quite comfortable with Foles filling in at quarterback until Wentz is ready.