Eagles can afford to rest Carson Wentz in preseason meeting with Titans

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Believe it or not, the Philadelphia Eagles can afford to rest Carson Wentz during Thursday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

After months of being patient and waiting, it’s crazy to believe that preseason will officially get underway on Thursday for the Philadelphia Eagles when they host the Tennessee Titans.

Just like every other team across the NFL, the Eagles could certainly benefit from some of their players seeing action in this preseason matchup, but also there are a few players who arguably can afford to rest.

Take a look at Carson Wentz for example, as expectations are higher than ever for the former first-round pick entering his fourth NFL season, especially with Nick Foles no longer around to fall back on if things go south in September.

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From suffering a torn ACL towards the end of 2017 to dealing with a back issues last year, Eagles fans have every right to feel somewhat concerned over their quarterback’s ability to stay healthy in 2019.

But unlike this time last year, Wentz looks fully healthy, and doesn’t feel the additional pressure of having to rush back to make sure he’s ready to go for Week 1, which makes a huge difference.

If training camp is any indication of what could be in store for 2019, Wentz could very well be in for a MVP-type season with Philadelphia since the offense he has to work with is absolutely loaded with dangerous weapons.

Normally in a situation like this, a strong case could be made that Philadelphia would need to play Wentz for at least a few series on Thursday against Tennessee just to help the quarterback get into a rhythm.

However, Doug Pederson has plenty of time to play Wentz in the preseason if he truly wants to since Thursday’s meeting with the Titans is just the first of four games scheduled for the Eagles over the next couple of weeks.

If anything, Pederson should take the approach of waiting until that second or third preseason game to provide Wentz with some action to help him prepare for that first real action in September against the Washington Redskins.

Playing Wentz for a series or two against Tennessee may be tempting for numerous reasons, but thanks to his level of play from the past few weeks, Philadelphia can afford to rest their beloved quarterback if they really wanted to.