Eagles unveil 2022 schedule; Wentz comes to Philly in Week 10

The Philadelphia Eagles will begin the season in Detroit against the Lions, the league announced on Thursday night. Two of Philadelphia’s first three games will be on the road as they travel to Washington to battle Carson Wentz and the Commanders in Week 3.

In Week 4, Philadelphia will host Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back to Wentz, he and the Commanders will come to Philadelphia for the first time since the trade on Monday Night Football in Week 10. 

2022 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule

Preseason
Friday, August 12 New York Jets 7:30 p.m. NBC10
Sunday, August 21 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC10
Saturday, August 27 at Miami Dolphins 7:00 p.m. NBC10

Regular Season

Sunday, September 11 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. FO

Monday, September 19 Minnesota Vikings 8:30 p.m. ABC^

Sunday, September 25 at Washington Commanders 1:00 p.m. FOX

Sunday, October 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. CBS

Sunday, October 9 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, October 16 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^

Sunday, October 23 BYE

Sunday, October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m.+ CBS

Thursday, November 3 at Houston Texans 8:15 p.m. Prime Video^

Monday, November 14 Washington Commanders 8:15 p.m. ESPN^

Sunday, November 20 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 p.m.+ CBS

Sunday, November 27 Green Bay Packers 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^

Sunday, December 4 Tennessee Titans 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, December 11 at New York Giants 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, December 18 at Chicago Bears 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Saturday, December 24 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 p.m. FOX

Sunday, January 1 New Orleans Saints 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sat., Jan. 7 / Sun., Jan. 8* New York Giants TBD TBD

 Below are other scheduling notes for the Eagles:

 Philadelphia will open the 2022 campaign against Detroit on the road at Ford Field, marking the club’s first ever game against the Lions on kickoff weekend. Additionally, the Eagles will begin the season with an away game for a third consecutive year, which is the team’s longest such streak since 2011-13.

Philadelphia’s five scheduled primetime contests are its most in a season since 2018. Dating back to 2000, the Eagles have appeared in the second-most primetime games (94) in the NFL, behind Dallas (100).

A national audience will once again be treated to an Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football. With the exception of a nationally televised 2014 Thanksgiving afternoon contest, the division rivals have squared off in primetime every season dating back to the 2007 campaign.

Philadelphia will not play consecutive road games through the first 13 weeks of the season. Furthermore, the Eagles will close the year with back-to-back home outings for the first time since 2017.

Philadelphia’s Week 7 bye marks the Eagles’ earliest break since 2016 (Week 4).

Wentz is excited to be back in the NFC East

Newest Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz met the D.C. media Thursday.

The Colts sent Wentz to the Washington Commanders for third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round selection If Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s snaps. The teams also swapped second-round picks in 2022.

Last season, the Colts needed to win one of their final two games to make the playoffs, and unfortunately, Indy lost both games, including a loss to the lowly Jaguars. 

The Colts had enough of Wentz and shipped him to Washington after one season with the team.

On Thursday, Wentz, who threw for 3563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions in 2021, discussed what may have gone wrong in Indy.

“It’s a great question. It’s a great question. And completely fair question,” he said. “And sometimes I wonder the same. To be honest, I think it was a year that had highs and lows, ups and downs. The way we finished, the way I finished was poor, And I think that definitely was tough to swallow and tough to finish like that. Especially when we thought we had a chance to really do something special and make a run. We just kind of collapsed, and I didn’t play good enough, well enough at the end there. Things happen. I always believe things happen for a reason. And you get an opportunity, still got an opportunity to come out and prove myself and play the game that I love. I look forward to doing that.”

Throughout his career, Wentz’s leadership skills have been called into question, which he addressed Thursday.

“Yeah. So for one, reports are reports, and there’s truth in some things all those things,” Wentz said. “If we were in this business trying to combat and argue every report, we’d run out of things to say, you know? And so for me, I just try and be myself, be myself, get to know the guys, build the relationships. I strongly feel I had amazing relationships with people in Philly and people in Indy. Loved my time there. To your first part of the question, I mean, knowing that you’re wanted and feeling that support from everybody in the organization means a lot. It allows you to go play confidently freely, which I think ultimately will allow me to play my best ball and try and elevate everybody around me to the full extent that I can. And I look forward to doing that.”

The six-year veteran will have an opportunity to play in the NFC East and play the team that selected him with the number two overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to Wentz, it will be weird for him to return to Lincoln Financial Field as a visitor.

“Yeah. I’m excited. I’m excited, coming back to the East, a lot of good memories,’ he said. “Spent a lot of time in this division, obviously, back to number 11, what feels like home to me. I’m excited a lot of familiarity; obviously, things change, teams change, defenses have changed, coaches change, but obviously the same rivalries and all those things. I’ll admit, it will be weird that first time going to the Linc [Lincoln Financial Field], I’m sure I’ll hear a little bit of everything. Definitely am aware of that. I embrace it. I embrace it. It’s exciting. I try and keep all those things at bay and just, Hey, just football, just go play ball. And all the outside noise will take care of itself.”

Carson Wentz returns to the NFC East

Carson Wentz is on the move for the second time in two seasons.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts will send Wentz to the Washington Commanders for’ third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round selection If Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s snaps. The teams also swapped second-round picks in 2022, with the Colts moving up from No. 47 overall to No. 42.

In addition, the Commanders will pay Wentz’s entire contract, which will be $28 million next season, which includes a $5 million roster bonus, according to the report. 

In 2021, the six-year veteran, who was acquired by the Colts from Philadelphia last offseason, started all 17 games for Indianapolis and threw for 3563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions, but he came up small in the team’s final game against the Jaguars with the playoffs on the line.

At age 29, this could be Wentz’s last opportunity to be a starter in the NFL. In his final season in Philly, he struggled, and Wentz did not do what he was supposed to do in Indy.

Washington, who missed the playoffs last season, was clearly looking to upgrade the quarterback position as both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke started for the team last season. Washington reportedly made a run at Russell Wilson, but that did not work out as Wilson is expected to be traded to the Denver Broncos. 

Wentz is an upgrade for Washington and still can play. People forget that Wentz had an MVP- caliber season in Philly in 2017 before tearing his ACL, and in all reality, the Eagles don’t win a Super Bowl without his play that season.

Interestingly enough, the number two overall pick in the 2016 draft of the Philadelphia Eagles will have an opportunity to play his former team two times next season, which should be a lot of fun. 

 

Bucs’ Arians: ‘Obviously, Frank(Reich) trusts Carson(Wentz)’

In 2017, Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz had an MVP caliber season. Before tearing his ACL late in that season, Wentz had the Eagles in a position to be the top seed in the NFC. Ultimately,  the Eagles would make and win Super Bowl 52.

Wentz threw for 3296 yards with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 2017.  Colts head coach Frank Reich was Wentz’s offensive coordinator from 2016-2017 and would take the Colts head coaching  job in 2018. The sixth-year quarterback had solid seasons in Philadelphia after Reich left before it all fell apart for him in 2020, where he threw 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Wentz would get benched and lose his starting job to Jalen Hurts.

In the offseason, Wentz and Reich were reunited when Philadelphia traded him to the Colts, and after 11 games, Wentz is having a solid season with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. After starting the season 1-4, the 6-5 Colts have won three straight and five of their last six and are 1/2 game behind the Chargers for the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC.

On Friday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, whose team will travel to Indy to battle the Colts, sees a bond between Wentz and Reich.

“It’s huge. Trust is the whole thing,” Arians said about Wentz and Reich’s relationship. “Obviously, Frank trusts Carson. He went out and got him and got [him] the contract. There is a ton of trust, and you see Carson – you can see the way he is playing that he knows somebody that trusts him is calling the plays.”

For Tampa Bay to get the win on Sunday, they must contain the NFL’s leader in rushing yards and touchdowns in Jonathan Taylor(1122 yards and 13 touchdowns). The second-year running back had 185 yards and four touchdowns in Indy’s rout of the Bills last week, but Taylor also does damage outside of the backfield as he has 32 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns, which concerns Arians.

“Big, big – he is great in the screen game, but he can go out and run routes,” Arians said about Taylor. “He had a lot of David Johnson in him when we worked him out. He could be a wide receiver if he wanted to be – he’s got the size and speed. [He is a] tremendous athlete. He is dangerous anywhere in space.”

Tampa will have to limit both Wentz and Taylor if they hope to defeat the red-hot Colts on Sunday.

Eagles’ Sirianni: ‘We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top-notch’

Philadelphia Eagles new head coach Nick Sirianni met the media for the first time at his introductory press conference on Friday.

The 39-year-old Sirianni, who spent the last three seasons as an offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, will take over for the recently fired Doug Pederson, who spent five seasons with the Eagles.

The biggest question Sirianni will have to answer as he enters his first season as the Eagles head coach is who will be the quarterback for the team in 2021.

Will it be Carson Wentz, who was benched for the final four games of the season, or Jalen Hurts.

According to Sirianni, he has spoken to both Wentz and Hurts, and he believes the Eagles have two very good quarterbacks.

“We have two quarterbacks in [QB] Carson Wentz and [QB] Jalen Hurts that are top-notch,” Sirianni said. “They’re top-notch quarterbacks. A lot of teams don’t have any. Just really excited to work with both of them.”

When asked if there would be an open quarterback competition, in 2021, Sirianni had this to say.

 “Again, that’s something that we have to look at and evaluate,” he said. “I’m not ready to say that either way yet. We’re just evaluating our players, evaluating every position. Every position, right? We don’t know any of these guys really yet from what we’ve seen on tape so far because we haven’t watched any.

“Every position is going to be evaluated, and every position is going to be open, I guess to say. We can’t wait, again, to start watching the tape and seeing what our players can do.”

There were reports that Wentz was unhappy with Pederson and is unhappy with the Eagles’ organization, so you wonder how much that will play into Philadelphia’s decision going forward. 

Based on Wentz’s struggles last season, who appeared to be bothered by having Hurts around, you would think it would be difficult to bring back both Wentz and Hurts, but considering Wentz’s contract ($34 million cap hit if traded and $59 million dead cap hit if released in 2021), Philadelphia might not have a choice.

The contract situation says the 28-year-old Wentz is the guy. However, bringing in Brian Johnson as the QB coach, who was the OC at Florida, and has known Hurts since he was four and tried to recruit him in college, could mean Hurts is the guy.

Who knows what happens going forward, but one thing for sure, it’s going to be interesting.

Lurie on Wentz: ‘Very fixable, and I fully expect him to realize his potential’

The Doug Pederson era in Philadelphia is over. Pederson was fired by the Eagles, the team announced on Monday. Pederson spent five seasons with the Eagles and has been to the postseason three times, including winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2017. 

The 2020 season was a struggle for Pederson and the Eagles. The team finished a disappointing 4-11-1, and reportedly, QB Carson Wentz, who struggled mightily this season, had a bad relationship with Pederson. According to reports, Wentz felt the relationship with Pederson was irreparable. In 12 starts, the 28-year-old Wentz threw 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions(tied for most in the league), had a 72.8 quarterback rating(second-worst among starting quarterbacks), and was sacked a league-high 50 times. Ultimately, Wentz was benched for the final four games of the season in favor of 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts. 

What the Eagles will do at the quarterback position in 2021 should be interesting, and according to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who addressed the media on Monday after the announcement of Pederson’s firing, the decision on the quarterback position in 2021 is up to the new head coach, but Lurie appears to be a fan of Wentz.

“First of all, I don’t think any owner should decide that,” Lurie said. “Carson, to us, to me, and to I think virtually everybody in our organization, is a quarterback that his first four years was in many ways elite and comparable to some of the great quarterbacks’ first four years in the league.

“Fifth year, obviously not satisfactory, for whatever reasons. There are probably multiple reasons for that. The way I look at it is we have an asset, and we have a talent. He’s a great guy, and he wants nothing but to win big and win Lombardi Trophies for Philadelphia. This guy is tireless. He has his heart in the right place, and he’s really dedicated off-season, on-season – he’s just what you want. It behooves us as a team with a new coach, a new coaching staff, to be able to really get him back to that elite progression where he was capable of, and at the same time, understand that there have been many quarterbacks in their fourth and fifth year … if you trace this, you can come up with many, many quarterbacks that have a single year where it’s just, whoa, the touchdown-to-interception ratio is not what you want. And we’re talking some great ones, like Peyton [Manning] and Ben [Roethlisberger] and guys like that.

“So I take sort of a more, probably a longer view of this was not the best season for our offense, it was a poor season, and we also had a poor season from Carson in terms of what he’s been able to show in the past. Very fixable, and I fully expect him to realize his potential.”

Based on Wentz’s performance, it appeared that having Hurts around was a distraction to the fifth-year quarterback, so the new coach and organization has to figure out how to fix that situation.

As for Pederson, he will get another job. He’s had a lot of success in Philadelphia and has proven to be a very good coach in the NFL, but at this point, it was not good enough for the Eagles going forward. 

 

Eagles’ Roseman: ‘I certainly regret that comment about quarterback factory’

The Philadelphia Eagles ended a disappointing 2020 season by losing to the Washington Football Team 20-14 on Sunday night. With the loss, the Eagles finished the season at 4-11-1. 

You could argue the season went bad back in April when the team drafted QB Jalen Hurts in the second round. After the selection, Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman said the following:

“For better or worse, we are quarterback developers. We want to be a quarterback factory. We have the right people in place to do that. No team in the National Football League has benefitted more from developing quarterbacks than the Philadelphia Eagles.”

On Monday, Roseman talked about those comments. According to Roseman, he now has regrets.

“Of some of the things that I’ve done this season, I certainly regret that comment about quarterback factory,” Roseman said. “Really it was just in terms of how — the importance of the position around the league, the importance of the position to this organization, and really a reflection of our experiences with backup quarterbacks when we did that.”

In 2019, the Eagles signed Carson Wentz to a four-year, $128 million contract extension, so it seemed odd that Philadelphia would draft a quarterback the following season. You could argue that Wentz was bothered by the selection of Hurts, and it showed on the field this season. The fifth-year quarterback had his worst year as a pro. In 12 starts, the 28-year-old Wentz threw 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions(tied for most in the league), 72.8 quarterback rating(second-worst among starting quarterbacks), and sacked a league-high 50 times. All is not on Wentz, but he was not very good in 2020.

When asked if he regrets drafting Hurts, Roseman said the following:

“I think certainly when you talk about Jalen and his talent and his work ethic; it’s all the things that we saw in college in terms of the big picture and how we are building this team, you even see it last night,” he said. “Two teams are playing for a playoff berth with their backup quarterbacks. As we go towards 17 games, depth is important in this league, and I think that’s an important position that you’re trying to find depth and certainly a guy that we liked as a player.”

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Wentz has a poor relationship with Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and wants out of Philadelphia. However, according to Pederson, his relationship with Wentz is solid.

“Listen, I’m not going to speak for Carson, obviously, but I can speak for myself and say that, yeah, the relationship is good. It’s fine,” Pederson said. “It’s something that we’re going to continue to build upon, and listen; I know Carson’s disappointed. It’s not the season that he had anticipated. It’s not the season I had anticipated as the head coach. There were a lot of moving parts. It’s not about one guy here. It takes all of us, and that’s something that we’ve stressed a lot here.”

Hurts showed flashes during his four starts, but he did not blow anybody away. If I’m the Eagles, I try to work things out with Wentz. Outside of 2020, he has played at a high level. Other than this season and his rookie year, Wentz has not thrown more than seven interceptions in a season, so you could argue what happened in 2020 was an aberration. Based on how his contract is structured and barring a trade, Philadelphia could be stuck with Wentz until after the 2021 season, when they will be able to get out of the deal without a significant cap hit. 

However, you don’t draft a quarterback in the second round for no reason, so what happens next should be interesting.

Eagles’ Pederson: ‘I think Carson Wentz can be an exceptional quarterback in this league, and he’s proven that’

On Tuesday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made it official and named rookie QB Jalen Hurts the team’s starting quarterback for their home game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The second-round pick replaced an ineffective Wentz against the Packers last Sunday.

It’s been a very disappointing 2020 season for Wentz, as he leads the league in interceptions(15). But just last season, the fifth-year quarterback was playing at an elite level when he led the Eagles, who had numerous injuries on the offensive side of the ball, to the playoffs. In 2017, before he went down with a torn ACL, Wentz played at an MVP level and threw 33 touchdowns with only seven interceptions in 13 games.  Ultimately. the Eagles would get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, which helped Nick Foles and Philadelphia get to and win the Super Bowl. 

According to Pederson, Wentz has been and still can be an elite quarterback in the NFL.

“I think Carson Wentz can be an exceptional quarterback in this league, and he’s proven that, right? Back in ’17, ’18 and last year,” Pederson said on Wednesday. “We got to continue to battle and fight and work and work with him individually, work with him within the confines of the offense, the structure, and just get [him] back to being Carson Wentz and back on track. So, that’s my focus with him, to just get him back to the level of play that we all know that he has shown us and that he is capable of doing.”

If we look a the numbers, you could argue that Pederson is right. Outside of his rookie season, when Wentz threw 14 interceptions, Wentz has thrown no more than seven interceptions in a season, so in reality, what happened to Wentz in 2020, seems to go contrary to who and what he has been as a quarterback in the NFL. 

However, Pederson and the Eagles had to make the switch. The 27-year-old Wentz was not playing well, and it did not appear he would get right anytime soon. It should be interesting to see what happens moving forward if Hurts plays well in the next four games, especially when you consider Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million deal with the team in 2019. Based on how his contract is structured and barring a trade, Philadelphia could be stuck with Wentz until after the 2021 season, when they will be able to get out of the deal without a significant cap hit. 

We’ll see how this situation plays out. However, it’s time for the Eagles to see if they can succeed with Hurts in 2020.

Eagles’ Pederson on Jalen Hurts: ‘He played okay’

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz continued to his season-long struggles on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson finally had enough. Pederson pulled the fifth-year quarterback in the third quarter and handed over the game to rookie QB Jalen Hurts. Wentz finished the game 6/15 for 79 yards.

It was a mixed result for Hurts. Did Hurts give the team a spark? Yes. He led Philadelphia on a scoring drive, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ward. However, the second-round did complete less than 50% of passes and threw an interception. Hurts finished the game 5/12 for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception. 

When asked how he felt Hurts played against the Packers, Pederson said:

“He played okay.”

When asked to elaborate, Pederson said the following:

“Yeah, I thought it was the spark that I was hoping for when I made the change. He came in and did some things. One of the things is that obviously he extended some plays with his legs. Made a nice throw to [WR] Jalen Reagor. Was good to see that. And then obviously the throw to [WR] Greg Ward for the touchdown on a scramble. But there are some things that if and when he looks at the film, that we can clean up and he can improve upon.

“But I thought it was the spark that got us back in the football game.”

At this point, Pederson has not made a decision on who will start next week against the Saints, and while Hurts played okay on Sunday, he did not blow anybody away with his performance. Maybe Pederson will treat this situation how Andy Reid handled Donovan McNabb in 2008 when he sat McNabb in the second half against the Ravens. Ironically enough, McNabb was replaced by another second-round pick, Kevin Kolb. McNabb would start the following week and ultimately lead the Eagles to the NFC championship game.

Who knows what Pederson will decide at this point, but the Eagles’ offense needs a spark, and maybe Hurts is the guy to do it.

Eagles’ Graham: ‘We know the offense is going to get it right’

It has been a struggle for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles(3-7-1) in 2020, and on Monday night against the Seahawks, the struggles continued. The fifth-year quarterback was 25/45 for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and a costly interception in the red zone late in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, Philly would fall to the Seahawks(8-3) 23-17 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Wentz has a lot of bad attached to his name this season. He has thrown the most interceptions(15)in the NFL, he is the most sacked(46) quarterback in the league, and he leads the league in off-target incompletions(95). You add that all together, and you could argue that Wentz is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in football right now. With Wentz’s poor play, the talk has been about the possibility of rookie QB Jalen Hurts getting more time on the field or even possibly starting for Philadelphia. However, according to Wentz, he’s not concerned about losing his job. 

“As a quarterback – ever since you were a kid – you’re prepared for any of those. Nothing is ever guaranteed.,” Wentz said after the game. “So, for me, I don’t think about that, though. I just try to go out and be the best player I can be. In practice, I prepare my tail off, compete my tail off, and hopefully, we can get this thing turned around. I don’t think about those things. I’m going to give it everything I got every time I step on the field.”

While the Eagles’ offense struggled against Seattle, Philly’s defense came to play. They got consistent pressure on Russell Wilson and held Seattle, who third in points per game(31.0) to 23 points. Although the offense has sputtered, Eagles DE Brandon Graham believes things will get better on that side of the ball.

“We just have to figure out a way to keep on encouraging each other,” Graham said after the game. “Keep fighting. Make sure we stay consistent on defense. We know the offense is going to get it right. I just saw [Eagles QB] Carson [Wentz]. It means something to all of us. Obviously, things haven’t been happening the way we want it to, but at the same time, there is no quit in us, and we have five games left.”

Right now, the Eagles are a bad football team, but they play in the NFC East, so at 3-7-1 after 11 games, Philly is 0.5 game behind the first-place Giants(4-7), so if they can find a way to turn it around, they could win the division, which Wentz discussed.

“We’re frustrated, we’re frustrated,” Wentz said. “I know I’m frustrated. I hate losing, and it’s very frustrating to have this result these last couple weeks and be where we’re at this season. But the crazy thing about this league and this division, especially, is it’s still wide open, and guys know that. Guys know that, and we’re looking ahead to next week and getting this thing turned around, getting it going in the right direction and, hopefully, surprise some people.”

Philly does have a chance in the NFC East, but it does not matter if they can’t win games, so for that to happen, Wentz has to be better, and that starts against the Packers at Lambeau on Sunday. If Wentz does not improve, the Eagles might not win another game in 2020. it’s that simple.