Carson Wentz has been named the starter for the Eagles after the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings last week. Now the Eagles and Wentz are cramming to get their playbook down and ready in order to have a successful day against the Browns.
The first thing that can be expected, is that the Eagles will run the ball extensively. With Pederson running the offense, the Eagles will look to run the ball to set up throwing lanes to make it easier on Wentz. When coaching in Kansas City, Pederson used the running game to mask the defficiencies of Alex Smith. He turned backs like Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West into good backs. With a good back like Ryan Matthews, Pederson can rely on the run to soften up the defense.
The good thing for Pederson, is that Wentz has more arm talent than Smith. This preseason we saw them open up the playbook to allow Wentz to throw more passes. Wentz will be able to read defenses decently but will rely heavily on his first read. This will mean that they will run quick passes to boost the confidence of Wentz. This will let them be able to throw downfield.
Tape from this preseason showed a lot of intermediate level passes and designed quarterback runs. They will use Wentz's athletic ability to keep defenses at bay with read options and QB runs. Wentz has showed the gear to beat teams to the hole and gain solid yards. He also showed good footwork and mechanics in going through his reads. He will be able to pick up solid s=chunks with intermediate routes to move the chains and help balance out the offense.
At the end of the day it is easily possible for Wentz to have anywhere from 250 to 300 yards passing as well as 50 to 75 yards rushing. He will be able to open the game up for Matthews who can also easily have a 100 yard day against a depleted Cleveland defense. I also see him throwing one pick as he tries to make a play at some point in the game. He has great confidence which may get him into trouble. But he will debut with a solid performance that will justify the Eagles making him the starter and picking him number two overall.