Could Chase Daniel’s Struggles Mean Playing Time for Carson Wentz?
In the team's final preseason game of 2016, Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Chase Daniel did little to instill confidence in his team. Could that mean Carson Wentz might see the field this season?
In the four preseason games this year, Daniel threw just one touchdown and averaged just 5.5 yards per pass attempt. Obviously, those numbers aren't exactly impressive, but let's also keep in mind that it was the preseason.
The Eagles have said all along that they will bring rookie quarterback Carson Wentz along slowly. With Daniels' struggles in the preseason, though, what happens if starting quarterback Sam Bradford gets hurt? Does the team stick with the plan and hope Daniel can right some of his wrongs or does the team hand the reigns over to Wentz?
A lot of Eagles fans will point to the fact that the team gave up a lot to get Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft as reason to get him out on the field sooner rather than later. They also gave him $26 million guaranteed, while they're paying Daniels $12 million, which is still quite a bit for a backup quarterback.
Obviously, the Eagles hope that Bradford is healthy throughout the season and leads them to the playoffs, but what if he's not? What do the Eagles do, though, if Bradford goes down for the season or even for a few weeks? Is it Daniels job or will Wentz have a chance to get on the field?
The Philadelphia Eagles open the regular season at home against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 11th.