Carson Wentz will start in Eagles’ first preseason game

Doug Pederson announces that Carson Wentz will play in Thursday’s game.

We are just a few days away from the start of the Philadelphia Eagles preseason. As the team prepares to head out to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers, Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson is preparing the unofficial depth chart. It is unknown whether veterans like Alshon Jeffery or LeGarrette Blount will play, but one thing is for sure, Carson Wentz will start at quarterback.

He will pick up right where he left off after playing a full 16-game rookie season. Wentz heads into his sophomore season with more experience but most of all, more talent surrounding him. We are unsure of how much time he will get exactly, but he is guaranteed at least the first drive.

What to focus on…

Wentz has come a long way since his NFL preseason debut from last year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last year, his main goal in the preseason was to get his feet wet as an NFL quarterback. This years preseason will be different for Wentz. His main goal would be getting comfortable with his new supporting cast. He will also be working on mastering his new mechanics that he developed in the off-season.

Aside from the actual gameplay, Wentz will also have to focus on staying healthy. Last season, he missed 3 of the 4 preseason games due to a hairline rib fracture that he suffered in the first game. Wentz’ value is a lot more important this season as he knows he is guaranteed the starting spot come week one in September.

It is unlikely that Wentz will play in more than a couple of drives on Thursday. During the preseason, the main focus will be on the guys who are fighting for a roster spot. We will get a good idea of who Wentz will be backed up by during the regular season as Matt McGloin and Dane Evans battle it out for the third QB spot. As far as Nick Foles goes, he will most likely miss the first game.