Doug Pederson still mulling decision to play Carson Wentz in preseason opener
Sometime this week Doug Pederson will decide whether or not Carson Wentz will see any game action on Thursday night when the team hosts the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener at Lincoln Financial Field.
“We've still got some time,” said Pederson. “As soon as I do (decide), which will be a little bit later in the week probably, I'll let you know.”
The quarterback didn’t play in last year’s preseason as he rehabbed from offseason knee surgery. As a rookie, he fractured his ribs in the first preseason game and didn’t play another snap that August, yet was named the starter after the Eagles traded away Sam Bradford.
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“For me it’s obviously been different every year,” said Wentz. “The preseason for me has been kind of all over the place every year. I’m good either way. I think it’s always good to get out and get your feet wet, but, at the same time, I don’t think without it that I’ll have an issue adapting, either. (You can) use it as kind of tune up, get those feelings out of the way with the guys, maybe get a hit here and there, get used to that, but I’m really fine either way.”
One Brown in, one Brown out
Light on linebackers now that Kamu Grugier-Hill suffered a lower body injury on Saturday, the Eagles signed Asantay Brown on Sunday. Alex Brown, a cornerback signed on July 26, was released to make room for Brown.
The Eagles needed to do something at the position, since they won’t want Nate Gerry and Zach Brown playing too many snaps – if any – when they open the preseason on Thursday.
Paul Worrilow is still trying to get his knee healthy and won’t play, nor will Grugier-Hill or Nigel Bradham, who is still rehabbing from toe surgery. That leaves a rather thin cupboard, with undrafted free agents T.J. Edwards and Alex Singleton expected to see plenty of action.
L.J. Fort will likely see reps as well, but Brown should see plenty of time.
Brown was originally signed by the Eagles as a rookie free agent out of Western Michigan in 2018.
He was waived following last year’s preseason and signed to the practice squad but spent just two days there before being released. Brown did return on Sept. 19 and spent the entire season on the practice squad, so he has familiarity with the system.
Hall of Famer?
Doug Pederson was asked if he believed Donovan McNabb deserved to be elected into NFL’s Hall of Fame. Pederson started ahead of McNabb when the Eagles drafted McNabb in 1999, but the current head coach was considered only a placeholder of the position until Andy Reid decided when McNabb was ready to play.
Reid said recently that he feels McNabb earned the right to be enshrined.
This is what Pederson said: “Yeah, I think you look at the body of work, I mean, I think there is definitely - you can make a case, you can make an argument for him going in. You know, obviously in our game, quarterbacks, especially the top-tier quarterbacks, are always thought of as are they Super Bowl winners and things like that.
“I don't think that has to be the final straw in any decision. How they lead their team for so many years, the numbers they put up, the amount of NFC championship games that he's led this team to, you could definitely make an argument for it. Maybe one day he'll get an opportunity.”