PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s not often an NFL team trades their starting quarterback right before the start of the regular season.
But that’s exactly what the Eagles did, and even sixth-year Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce says, it was a trade his team had to make.
“Just like everybody else I was shocked when I first heard the news,” Kelce told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday to promote a night of Karaoke with Beau Allen for the Eagles Charitable Foundation. “It’s not very often that your starting quarterback gets traded right before the season starts. But after I’ve had more time to sit down and think about it, you understand why the Eagles did it and how it made sense for both sides. I’ve come to really understand why they did it, especially with where Carson [Wentz] is at and obviously where the Eagles feel that he is at. I think it was a no-brainer from the Eagles’ standpoint.”
Listen: Jason Kelce on the 94WIP Morning Show
Following the trade of Sam Bradford, the Eagles named rookie quarterback Carson Wentz as their starter for Week 1 against the Browns. As the team’s center and one of the leaders on offense, Kelce knows he’ll have an extra responsibility to make things comfortable for the 23-year-old signal caller.
“We gotta be able to make sure that we’re keeping him clean, in terms of blocking, and then at the same time since he’s relying on me for a lot of the calls and stuff like that — we’re relying on each other really — just gonna try and keep that communication open. And keep letting him know there’s a reason that the Eagles picked him this high. He’s a damn good quarterback and he’s gonna prove it to everybody this Sunday against Cleveland.”