Here’s How Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts Reacted to Getting Benched on Sunday NIght

Published 01/04/2021, 9:25 AM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs for a touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


After last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles knew they were out of contention for an NFC East title race. Doug Pederson’s boys underwhelmed all season, especially due to the dismal performances from quarterback Carson Wentz. However, some promising displays from rookie Jalen Hurts have come as a late morale-boost for the Eagles. But Sunday’s loss to NFC East opponents, Washington Football Team, remains an enigma.

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Hurst was not throwing well last night against Washington. But he kept Eagles in the game with 2 rushing TDs in the second quarter. But coach Pederson opted to bring Hurts off in favour of backup QB Nate Sudfeld. This came as a shocker to NFL audiences across the globe, and to Hurts himself.

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Without a doubt, Jalen has been one of the few positives for the Eagles this season. The former University of Oklahoma product replaced veteran Wentz as the first-choice starter in Philly towards the latter half of the season. He has shown flashes of brilliance over the last few weeks but Sunday’s loss to Washington will definitely sting a little more.

Despite replacing Hurts, the Eagles failed to improve their offensive productivity. But the youngster has opted to maintain a calm demeanour regarding the whole benching while giving coach Pederson his unwavering support.

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“As a competitor I play to win. But you’ve got to trust coach with that,” Hurts said via Pro Football Talk.

Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) and quarterback Carson Wentz (11) warm up before the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

In 4 starts, Hurts has thrown for 1,061 yards with 6 passing TDs against 4 interceptions. He is widely expected to retain the starting quarterback role in Philly in 2021 ahead of the ageing Carson Wentz. But with Pederson’s future in doubt, it remains to be seen how the whole quarterback situation with the Eagles will pan out. Watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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