On Sunday night the Philadelphia Eagles went head to head against the New Orleans Saints. But with a slight change in their lineup, usually, their starting quarterback is and has always been Carson Wentz.
But this time the starter was the rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts led the Eagles to a 24-21 victory over the Saints on Sunday night. As of now, Carson Wentz’s future, who has been the Eagles’ starting quarterback for several seasons, depends on how Hurts plays his game.
It looks like the rookie is going to be starting most of the games in this season and the next. But does that mean the Eagles might drop Carson Wentz? No, that’s not quite possible. The Eagles have invested a lot in Wentz. 2 massive trades, a No. 2 pick, a 4-year, $128 million extension.
“The reservation you heard in Doug Peterson’s voice there was trying to be careful about Carson Wentz and there’s a lot of people in the organization who like Carson Wentz, believe in Carson Wentz still, think he is going to be a good NFL quarterback whether there or somewhere else, and really just don’t want to rub it in.
“They’re trying to be nice to Carson Wentz as they should. This is a guy who’s been their franchise quarterback for the last several years,” said the NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Eagles Head Coach, Doug Pederson, is to state Jalen Hurts as the starter for the next season as well. “Doug Peterson could not escape on the fact that Jalen Hurts has earned another star, and he had to announce it today, because the way they were going for it, they were just said one game at a time.
“He was a starter Sunday then he’s going to be the starter next Sunday, I would not assume it at any point he’s going to say he’s going to be starter for the rest of the regular season,” said the NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
“We’re taking it one game at a time but the early returns are extremely positive for the surprise second-round pick both in what he did to the offense and in the bounce he gave everyone wants to know as a starter, and that is something that has earned him another go at it.”
Hurts has improved consistently with every game. Winning over the Saint without Hurts wouldn’t have been possible. He is one of the best out there right now. However, watching the misfiring Carson Wentz warming the bench this time around is not something that fans would like to see.