All eyes on Carson Wentz as Eagles open camp
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Camp Carson has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles.
All eyes were on Carson Wentz when training camp opened Monday, and the rookie quarterback will be the most watched player on the team for the rest of the summer.
So what that he isn't expected to play unless Sam Bradford or Chase Daniel gets hurt.
''I felt pretty good,'' Wentz said after practice. ''There were a limited number of reps for everybody and we didn't have a lot of guys out there, but I felt pretty good. I felt pretty confident and I enjoyed it.''
Quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans are practicing for three days until the rest of the team arrives on Thursday.
Wentz became the talk of the town after the Eagles traded up twice to select him with the No. 2 pick in the draft. This came after the team gave Bradford and Daniel a combined $34 million guaranteed to be Nos. 1 and 2 on the depth chart.
''He came in ready to go,'' coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz. ''You just love everything about this kid. His energy, his work ethic, it's just little things now, detailed things in his footwork, his drop, the progressions and where his eyes are. Those are the things in the NFL from a quarterback standpoint that really become very important on a game day. And those are the things that we've got to continue to work with him on throughout camp.''
Wentz started two seasons at North Dakota State and led the Bison to the FCS national championship both years. But he didn't take that many snaps in college and now he has to share reps with Bradford and Daniel.
Pederson wants him to be ready to start should something happen in the preseason.
''I just want to get better every day,'' Wentz said. ''My biggest thing is that you're never a finished product, physically, mentally, any of that. So there's a lot to learn. You can never watch enough tape, you can never study enough, and I just want to come out every day and learn a little bit more and get a little bit better and at the end of camp I think I'll like where I'm at.''
Wentz should get plenty of action in the preseason games. Then, if all goes well for the Eagles, he'll take a seat and watch Bradford in the regular season while learning from him and Daniel.
''There's only one football and it can be tough,'' Pederson said. ''But one thing that Carson has going for him, he's very mature for who he is and where he's at and what he's coming into. Even through the success of his college days, that he understands what's in front of him, and he understands there's a lot of work in front of him.''
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