Report: Jalen Hurts to start for Eagles

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s refusal to name a starting quarterback for Week 14 after pulling Carson Wentz in Sunday’s loss to the Packers suggested that Jalen Hurts was likely to get the nod and the choice has reportedly been made.

ESPN reports that Hurts will make his first NFL start against the Saints at home this Sunday. Wentz will serve as the backup.

The Eagles had resisted giving Hurts more than a token snap here or there through the first 11 games of the season, but they pulled Wentz with the Packers up 20-3 in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. Hurts threw a touchdown to Greg Ward and a Jalen Reagor punt return score to get the Eagles within a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but they wound up losing 30-16.

Hurts was 5-of-12 for 109 yards and also threw an interception. The second-round pick also ran five times for 29 yards.

There will be more discussion to come about what this means for Wentz’s future with the Eagles, but much of that will have to wait until everyone has seen what Hurts can do in the starting role.

69 responses to “Report: Jalen Hurts to start for Eagles

  1. This is a year of reckoning for the SB win, and the contracts that followed, including the injury riddled 2018-19 seasons. What shoulda, coulda, or woulda happened, didn’t happen.

    Let’s keep both these QBs safe, evaluate the team, especially the younger players, and plan for next year. The Eagles only have one must win game this year, against Dallas.

    Howie, Doug, Get ‘er done for 2021.

  2. Had this been done a month ago, he may have developed a bit more. Dolphins made a tough decision, but for some reason the Eagles couldn’t…

  3. Is there truly no CCTV available of Howie Roseman lighting multiple dumpster fires?

    Mr. Lurie, if the coaching staff goes so too must Howie.

  4. About time!

    Lets see what the kid can do. I’m not a Wentz hater, but the man needs a break and a bit of relief from the stress.. he definitely has trust issues. Only so many times you can be sacked and knocked around behind that horrible O line, b4 you get the jitters.. Hopefully Pederson benches Alshon and JP as well. enough is enough man.

  5. Thank You for finally having sense (whoever made this decision) b/c Howie & Doug have been in denial about his disastrous performance this year and Wentz’ inability to change ANYTHING about his decision making/ball security issues/sensing pressure, etc! At least Hurts gets a chance to show what he can do this year. Didn’t have a pre-season…not making the post-season. Glad we got some games left that will have at least some value to the franchise.

    At this point,Wentz should be 3rd string from here on out and allow Sudfield the chance to show what he’s got as well if anything happens to Hurts. Who knows what next season will be, maybe Sudfield will back up Hurts ?? NO reason whatsoever to let Wentz take another snap this year. Keep him healthy for whatever idiot might trade for him. He’s mentally broken, but luckily physically healthy as of right now.

  6. A change had to be made. Wentz was given every opportunity and he continued to regress. Hopefully, if Wentz is finished with the Eagles, he can reunite with Reich in Indy. He was at his best when under Reich’s tutelage. How the Philly front office or Reich convinces Indy to take on Wntz’s contract I have no idea.

  7. Nobody is expecting him to set the NFL world on fire, but he’s a talented kid and the Eagles need someone to help get them out of their rut. Why not?

  8. I am a big Alabama fan, I watched this kid go 25 and 2 at Bama and then get benched and show so much class and then go to Okla and get them to the final 4. I was one of the few that was elated when he was drafted in the 2nd round, but my big question is he ready for the pro game, the next 2 games are against teams that need to win. Jalen is a winner. I feel for Wentz because he needed to roll out more like Aaron Rodgers and throw on run

  9. It’s four games too late, in my own personal opinion. He should have been starting weeks ago.

  10. Eagles have to see what they have with Hurts in order to make a decision this offseason. Wentz’s days in Philly may be limited if they can find the right trade partner, but he’s also a large hit to their cap relative to dead money next season.

  11. i dont get it I thought carson wentz has been more good than bad and peterson won an SB. theyve got to have other problems outside of QB and HC.

  12. Eagles are a mess. Pedersen has lost the team. Wentz has regressed under the tutorship of Pedersen. Wentz has a huge contract with term left. Eagles better hope that Wentz gets his confidence back, and that Hurts can fill the need short term….to early to know what Hurts can do.

  13. Remember when all the eagles fans used to say Wentz is better than DAK! bwaaahahaha

  14. To be fair, Wentz was a top10 QB. But, now he’s bottom 5…
    Who could have predicted that?

    Eagles selected of Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round. Obviously, they knew something we didn’t.

    What do the Eagles do now? Cut Wentz? They can’t trade him, and have to pay him regardless.

  15. Hahaha! To think that we all thought injuries would be Wentz’s downfall.

  16. Hurts is right in the short term. It gives Wentz an opportunity to escape this season without getting beat up in a futile effort to try to plug a sinking ship. Wentz will be the starter next year as he should be. One bad season in this disastrous offense is understandable. Wentz needs to get his head and mechanics right again. Ultimately, going forward, the only chance the eagles have to get back to winning is to get Wentz right. He’s far and away the better quarterback when right.

  17. You know what they say a SUCKA is born every minute, so I’ll be curious to see what team if any who would actually trade for that $128,000,000 contract when they could go to the draft and find a guy who can do no worse for the Rookie wage.

  18. Hurts gives them a better chance of winning. This is still all about getting the “W”. yes?

  19. Philly isn’t doing Hurts any favors.

    Philly has a terrible offensive line and a mediocre receiving corp. The kid is going to get destroyed.

    Better to let Wents finish the year than to destroy Hurts confidence.

  20. As Washington fan hurts is not a good quarterback I feel bad for you philly fans should have kept foles now you stuck with wentz contract

  21. Whew. That’s a meaningful game, too – potentially connected to a few different playoff tiebreakers. If the guy with less than a game of experience is more trusted to handle that, that’s rough.

  22. How does roseman not get fired? No team can survive paying a second string quarterback 35 million a year. He has essentially written the book on how to dismantle a superbowl winner in the quickest time possible

  23. pedersonisbetterthanmcvay says:
    December 8, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    A change had to be made. Wentz was given every opportunity and he continued to regress. Hopefully, if Wentz is finished with the Eagles, he can reunite with Reich in Indy.

    ==============

    Great idea. If the money can be made to work, it’s pretty brilliant.

  24. This is a good move for Wentz, screw his confidence. Drew Brees got benched back in the day in San Diego for Doug Flutie. He turned out okay. Wentz needs to put in crazy work this offseason to prove he’s worth the contract again. And so does the coach.

  25. Isn’t Wentz like 45 million against the CAP in the next two seasons?! This is a bit of a reach no?!

    Unless Laurie believes he wants to blow the whole thing up again?

  26. Hurts can’t do much worse than Wentz at this point. See what he’s got and go from there. If Hurts gets a full week of reps with the first team,good things could happen. He showed himself to be a great athlete in college,and he seemed to give the team a spark last Sunday,mistakes and all.

  27. So, now we get to see what happens when a guy who watched his replacement win a championship gets benched for a guy who watched his replacement win a championship.

  28. I never understood the argument that you have to start him because of his salary.

    No, you have to have him on the roster because of his salary, but he’s getting paid whether he starts or not.

    If you have a better option you play the better option.

  29. Remember back when the Cowboys interviewed Hurts before the draft and Eagles fans laughed and said Hurts would replace Dak? Before he got injured Dak looked like one of the better QBs in the league and now Hurts has replaced Wentz, the Iggles $30+ million dollar a year #1 draft pick. That’s glorious!

  30. Horrible for the Eagles, they are strapped to Wentz for years because they signed him to that really dumb and too early extension!

  31. Maybe Pederson can call Frank Reich and get some advice before ruining another QB’s career. Maybe Howie can call a real GM before selecting a QB in the 2nd rd that is sure to create another Foles situation. How dumb can you be? Even if Hurts is an absolute stud the Eagles have now created a useless clipboard holder costing them how much against the cap over the next 2 yrs? This franchise is dead for 5 yrs. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fan base.

  32. The big question will be, do the Eagles have to include a Draft Pick in order to trade Wentz or do they get one back. His contract is pretty monster, but some team would probably take that on. I predict he will be traded for a third or fourth round pick.

  33. I hope the players now have a more clear understanding of the importance of having a pre-season.
    All across the NFL it is pretty obvious that the level of play there has been this year has not been NFL quality.

  34. Disagree with benching Wentz for Hurts…smells of Doug listening to sports talk radio too much. Give Wentz a half-decent O-line, competent receivers and sticking with the run and he will be fine. Oh…and get rid of Schwartz…his defense sucks.

  35. This Eagles dynasty is awesome!!! Man, after they beat the Pats in the SB they have been on a freaking tear!!!

  36. Tony Broome says:
    December 8, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    So Carson’s starting job came and Wentz

    Man, that Hurts.

  37. A change had to be made. Wentz was given every opportunity and he continued to regress. Hopefully, if Wentz is finished with the Eagles, he can reunite with Reich in Indy. He was at his best when under Reich’s tutelage. How the Philly front office or Reich convinces Indy to take on Wntz’s contract I have no idea.
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    According to Spotrac Phillip Rivers only signed a 1 year deal/$25,000,000 with Indy. He’s a FA in 2021 if he doesn’t resign at the end of the year. If Frank Reich thinks he could salvage Carson’s career he could work out a trade with Philly and let Rivers hit the market in the off season.

    Rivers has clearly been the better player in 2020. But, if Carson could get his game fixed, he’d be the more desirable long term option since he’s over a decade younger than Phillip (age 39).

  38. trollingforjustice says:
    December 8, 2020 at 3:59 pm
    I hope the players now have a more clear understanding of the importance of having a pre-season.
    All across the NFL it is pretty obvious that the level of play there has been this year has not been NFL quality.

    ——————

    Speak for yourself. As a twenty-something Bills fan, this is the highest quality of play I’ve seen from my team in my life

  39. the Eagles kept their bledsoe (wentz) and traded their brady (foles) a few years ago and are now paying for it

  40. Over-under on rushing yards between Hurts and Hill….160. Wouldn’t be surprised if Philly pulled off the upset given the lack of tape on Hurts.

  41. navyvandal says:

    Isn’t Wentz like 45 million against the CAP in the next two seasons?! This is a bit of a reach no?!

    Wentz has a cap number of ~$35M in 2021 and ~$31M in 2022. However, his guaranteed money next year is $25.4M and they’d take nearly a $60M cap hit and over $24M in dead money if they get rid of him next year. However, in 2022 there is zero guaranteed money and they can send him packing with only ~$24M in dead money but would realize a cap savings of nearly $7M. I would not be surprised if that’s what they do. His money for 2022 would be $20M, $25M in 2023 and $26M in 2024. So while they would take a cap hit in 2021 they would save $71M over those last three years.

    In other words, that $128M contract he signed will be more like $57M because of how terribly he’s played. I understand his team is terrible but his performance has been inexcusable. I bet there are about a dozen backups on other teams that could have won more games with this roster than Wentz. He has regressed. His decision making is something you might expect from a college freshman, not a supposed franchise QB.

  42. Genius! Now you can create a package for Carson Wentz to come in every 10 plays and take a sack. That will solve our drafting issues! Brilliant!

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