During the weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles made a huge sacrifice by trading away Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings following the injury of Teddy Bridgewater. With the quarterback gone, it seems the Eagles are ready to turn over the starting quarterback position to rookie Carson Wentz.
According to CBS Sports, the Eagles agreed to deal Bradford to the Vikings in exchange for a first-round pick for the 2017 draft as well as a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.
After Bradford's departure, the Eagles announced that Wentz will be taking over his role as the team's starting QB.
This move by the team may come as a surprise for Philadelphia fans especially since the upcoming 2016 NFL season will only be Wentz debut year in the league. Due to the lack, or non-existent professional experience, fans are a bit worried that the 23-year-old athlete might fall short in leading the team to victory.
But, as noted by USA Today, there's a reason why Wentz was this year's second overall draft pick. The main factor behind his high status in the league is the way he played when he was with North Dakota State University.
Wentz became the starting quarterback of the Bison during his junior year at NDSU. But during his entire time with the university's team, he became accustomed to drills and plays that are very similar to what NFL teams use.
Prior to the 2016 NFL draft, Wentz said that his experience and knowledge in these kinds of drills will help him become an effective professional football player.
"Some guys don't even do half of those things," he said in April. "A lot of the stuff we did [at NDSU] was similar to what you see in the NFL. We just called it something different."
"Any time were in two-minute, I called it," he continued. "Unless it was a huddle play I would get it from the sidelines. But even some of those calls, I could change at the line."
Although the Eagles seem very confident in running Wentz as their starting this season, the team should probably still scout the league for a third-string quarterback. That's because currently, their QB bench lacks depth with only Wentz and his backup Chase Daniel on the lineup.