Rookie Jalen Hurts got his first team replay in the quarterback at the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night football game against the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN.
Carson Wentz is still expected to start, but there has been a noticeable increase in Hurts clicks with QB’s first team, signaling the possibility that Wentz’s struggles will continue to play an increasing role.
The April national team of Hurts, the team’s second round, has so far been used primarily as a widget player, with only two of their 31 clicks resulting in a pass. But the signs point to several options with the ball in his hand Monday night.
Coach Doug Pederson hesitated last week when asked if he would change quarterback before he finally said Wentz would remain the starter.
Wentz is in the middle of his worst pro season. First among all players in interceptions (14), groping (10) and bags (40), it ranks 32nd (58.4) in percentage of completion, 31st in experimental yards (6.2) and the worst out-of-goal percentage (23%) of all qualifiers, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Pederson was increasingly asked if Hurtson would change, collecting 52 touchdowns for Oklahoma last season (32 passes, 20 rushes) and finishing second in the Heisman Trophy vote behind Joe Burrow. Hurts ’long-term relocation is complicated by Wentz’s contractual position. The Eagles signed a four-year, $ 128 million extension to Wentz last summer. In 2021, he will wear a nearly $ 60 million dead cap per Spotracon, which will fall to $ 39.5 million in the 2022 off-season.
The 3-6-1 Eagles need a spark in the attack after scoring a 17-point lower season in the last two weeks. Owner Jeffrey Lurie missed last week’s match at Cleveland Browns – sources confirmed. A team spokesman said he was cautious about visiting his mother on Thanksgiving, but sources believe his absence is partly due to growing frustration with the team’s performance.
The Eagles were a decent success in the Hurts ’limited snaps this season, according to NextGen Stats, they made an average of eight yards with two touchdowns during the game.