Pederson: Wentz's injury history had no role in Hurts pick

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
May 20, 2020 - 9:39 am

Doug Pederson spoke with Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday and Cataldi hit the Eagles' head coach with a tough question. 

"If Carson (Wentz) wasn't dealing with so many injuries so far in his career, would (Jalen) Hurts still be the pick at that spot?" Cataldi asked Pederson. 

"I know this is kind of a setup question, but no I don't think so," Pederson responded.

"If you look at Carson and his injury history, he's only missed eight games in, well we're going on our fifth year, in four (years). He's been relatively healthy and obviously it's unfortunate the way his season ended this past year in the playoff game because I truly felt like we had a good opportunity to possibly win that game against Seattle. And its just unfortunate that, that happened. We know Carson's style of play is aggressive and listen, it's hard to rein him back because he's so good and he's so aggressive that way and I like that about Carson Wentz. 

Addressing the media during a virtual conference on Tuesday, Pederson said he expects Nate Sudfeld to win the backup job over Hurts to start the 2020 season amid COVID-19 complications. 

"I think as we evaluated the quarterback position, the opportunity to just add talent, add depth," Pederson said of the team selecting Hurts in the second-round. "I've got a lot of confidence in Nate Sudfeld as well, moving forward. I really feel like he's coming into his own now. 

"This decision had no bearing on Carson's injury history at all, it was just the fact that we had an opportunity to take a good player at that time that adds value, adds depth, and someone we could potentially use in our offense moving forward."

You can listen to the full interview below.