Eagles: Carson Wentz is our quarterback moving forward

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson met with media on Tuesday, and said at least one unsurprising thing:

Carson Wentz will be the team’s quarterback in 2019.

‘Carson is the quarterback going forward’

Despite the success Nick Foles has had with the Eagles, it’s clear Philadelphia is ready to part ways with the veteran quarterback and focus on Wentz as the future.

“Yes, Carson is the quarterback going forward,” Pederson said. “In Nick’s case, we’d love to have everybody back throughout the roster. But as I’ve said many, many times, it’s not about one guy, it’s about the team, and we’re going to do what’s best for the team.”

If there was any thought that there was going to be a competition between Wentz and Foles, that’s over now.

Wentz’s recovery status unclear

The Eagles’ first-round pick in 2016, Wentz has had a rough go of things over the last 13 months.

In 2017, he was firmly in the MVP discussion when he tore his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14. Because of the timing of the injury and the extent of his rehab, Wentz wasn’t ready for the season opener.

He missed the first two games of the season, but returned in Week 3, though Philadelphia wasn’t winning games at the clip it did in 2017. Then Wentz was injured again, this time with a stress fracture in his back.

Wentz was out for the final three regular season games and both playoff contests.

But Roseman and Pederson didn’t give a clear indication of when Wentz will be healthy, though it’s likely he’ll be recovered in a couple of months.

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AMES, IA - AUGUST 30: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the North Dakota State Bison throws the ball in the second half of play against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. North Dakota State defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
January 9, 2016: North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz (11) celebrates after a touchdown during the FCS Championship game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas (Photo by Mikel Galicia/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Mikel Galicia/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Quarterback Carson Wentz #17 of North Dakota State speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: (L-R) Carson Wentz of the North Dakota State Bison holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles calls an audible at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Buccaneers 17-9. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
AUGUST 11, 2016: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) rolls out as he looks for an open receiver during the third quarter of the NFL preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles hands the ball off to Darren Sproles #43 during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Eagles 24-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
16 October 2016: Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is congratulated by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) following the game at FedEx Field, in Landover, MD. where the Washington Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz (11) on the field prior to a NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 30, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Ray Carlin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 11: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) rolls out to pass during the game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 11, 2016 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles listens on the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins won 27-22. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs onto the field prior to the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field on August 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with teammates Alshon Jeffery #17 and Torrey Smith #82 against of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on September 17, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 12, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after the 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Completion percentage up, but sacks were too

Wentz’s completion rate made a big jump in 2018 — he completed 69.6 percent of his attempts in his 11 starts, far better than his 60.2 mark in 2017 and 62.4 mark as a rookie. Wentz finished this season with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

But the 26-year-old also was taken down a lot, which isn’t good for his long-term health: he was sacked 31 times, which over a full season would have been 45, tied for seventh-most in the league. It would appear, however, that it was more of a Wentz problem than an offensive line problem: Foles was sacked nine times in five regular-season starts, which is 29 over a full season.

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