The Eagles gave up the GDP of a small developing country to move up to the second pick and take quarterback Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State. A report recently surfaced from the Eagles that the team may redshirt Wentz and sit him for the entire 2016 season.
In today’s Read Between the Lines segment, Colin and Jason were asked whether Wentz sitting for his entire first season is a sign he’ll be bust. Jason thinks Wentz will be a bust, but it won’t be because he sits out for a year.
“It’s a bad read. I think he will fail. I said that at the beginning of the draft. But as of right now, you’re trying to read between the lines and their actions. There actions are ‘This is exactly what we planned,. We gave Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel a bunch of money to play this year so this kid can sit and develop. We drafted a guy form North Dakota State, who’s offense wasn’t really reliant on him throwing the ball every down. They’re following their blueprint.”
Colin also thinks there’s bust potential in Wentz, but sitting Wentz for the year is better than the alternative of throwing him to the wolves and getting him killed behind a weak offensive line.
“What they’re basically saying with Wentz is, our quarterbacks will be taking a beating, it just won’t be Carson Wentz. We’ll let him study and come in healthy next year.”
Regardless if Wentz busts or not, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo, Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees all sat out their first year in the NFL. With that track record, it’s hard to make the connection that just because a quarterback sits their first year they’ll be a bust.