Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson dismissed the idea of benching fifth-year quarterback Carson Wentz for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts on Monday. Pederson’s exact response on 94 WIP’s Morning Show was, “No, you don’t go there. That’s knee-jerk reaction (h/t Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Wentz had another turnover-filled performance on Sunday as the Eagles tied 23-23 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The veteran quarterback completed 61.7-percent of his passes for 225 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. He also had 65 rushing yards, including a game-tying rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
However, the turnover issues and sporadic mechanics have been a cause for concern for Wentz, hence the idea of possibly starting Hurts. Hurts had two carries in Sunday’s game, including a run for eight yards which gave the Eagles a first down.
Thus far in the young season, Wentz has completed 59.8-percent of his passes for 737 yards, three touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also has a quarterback rating of 63.9 and QBR of 35.4.
Nevertheless, Wentz will have another chance to fix his turnover issues next week against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night football.
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- The Eagles will be without tight end Dallas Goedert for some time with a high ankle sprain, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Goedert suffered the injury early in Sunday’s game, which led to Richard Rodgers becoming the second tight end for the Eagles. Without Goedert, we should expect Zach Ertz to get more involved in the Eagles’ offense. Ertz had seven receptions (10 targets) for 70 yards on Sunday.
- While Philadelphia will be without the services of Goedert, they dodged a bullet with DeSean Jackson. According to John Clark of NBC Sports, the veteran wideout strained his hamstring in Sunday’s contest, but it is not considered too serious. Jackson only had two receptions (four targets) for 11 yards against the Bengals.
- Rookie wide receiver John Hightower led all Eagles’ receivers in snap counts with 78, per Andrew DiCecco of InsideTheBirds.com. Hightower had two receptions (three targets) for 19 yards, despite leading wideout unit with the most snaps. However, Greg Ward Jr. played 76 snaps and led the team with eight receptions (11 targets) for 72 yards and a touchdown.