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Former Eagles head coach weighs in on when Doug Pederson should play this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick.
Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has not taken a legitimate practice rep since the Saturday following the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the No. 2 overall pick suffered a hairline fracture, putting the debate on when Wentz should play on hold.
For his part, Wentz has repeatedly stated his desire and goal to return in time for the preseason finale against the Jets, but without sufficient practice time that could be ill-advised.
Prior to the injury, the debate and conjecture on sports talk radio, the blogosphere and water coolers across the Delaware Valley was centered around whether or not Eagles head coach Doug Pederson should play Wentz this season and when he should make his regular season debut.
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During a radio interview with Colin Cowherd, even Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid weighed in:
“Well I would give him a year,” Reid said of his ideal quarterback plan. “I did that with Donovan. I kind of brought him along through the first year and the last couple games — we weren’t very good. We won five games our first year. So those last couple games I gave him an opportunity to get in there and start. And I was lucky enough to bring Doug Pederson with me as a quarterback at that time and it was good to have him take all the blows in Philadelphia for Donovan. And then, also help Donovan, teach him. It’s the blitz game that those kids need to work on.”
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The team is reportedly looking for a cornerback.
In less then a week, the Eagles will have to get their roster down to 75 players.
Less then a week after that, they will have to get down to the league-mandated 53.
Between now and then, it is pretty clear the Eagles will be busy, trying to turn a team with plenty of holes into one that can compete. One of the players that could be on the move to make it happen? Defensive linemen Taylor Hart.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Eagles have been shopping Taylor, a fifth-round pick in 2014, and a player that might not make the roster if they are unable to move him.
Hart, who didn’t play in any games his rookie season, appeared in 14 last year, starting one game and finished with 12 tackles.
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It is hard to imagine Taylor would fetch much in a trade, given how little he has played and how unimpressive he has been when he has been on the field.
The Eagles could be looking for a cornerback in return, as LaCanfora reports that they have been active calling other teams trying to find another defensive back.
As for Hart, it is very possible that even if he isn’t traded he won’t be on the roster in Week 1, as the team is very deep at defensive line. Hart is currently on the third-string at defensive tackle, with Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Beau Allen and Mike Martin all ahead of him.
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