REPORT: Jalen Hurts Not Unanimous Starting Quarterback in Eagles’ Locker Room

Published 03/08/2021, 1:27 PM EST
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Jalen Hurts’ tenure at the Philadelphia Eagles has been very tenuous. Hurts was the second-choice quarterback for much of last season.

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However, after first-choice quarterback Carson Wentz endured a poor run of form, the then-Head Coach Doug Pederson put Hurts in his place, and it yielded fairly positive results. Despite Wentz’s departure, Hurts is still not the first choice.

NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reported earlier today that Jalen Hurts still doesn’t have the full support of the Eagles. It appears as though despite the departure of Carson Wentz, the Eagles’ locker room still doesn’t see Hurts as the undisputed #1 starting quarterback. What this means for his future remains to be seen. But the franchise wants to see him successful.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are a team in transition at the moment. Just 3 years after leading the team to the Super Bowl, Doug Pederson was let go as the head coach of the team.

The Eagles then went on to trade Carson Wentz, after weeks of speculation, to the Indianapolis Colts. This leaves the door open for Jalen Hurts, but the destination of that door is unsure.

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Where is Jalen Hurts headed?

The departure of Wentz, it would appear, makes Hurts the starting quarterback for the team. However, the person who exhibited the most amount of faith in Hurts was Doug Pederson.

It was Pederson who made the bold decision to make Jalen Hurts the starting quarterback over the established and proven Carson Wentz, even though his performances were not worthy of a starting spot.

Jalen Hurts will be looking to get clarity over his future soon. There is a major demand in the NFL right now for starting quarterbacks.

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

This demand, coupled with his poor season, led to Carson Wentz leaving the Eagles as part of a trade. But if Hurts is not the undisputed starter, he would at least like to go to a team where his role will be properly defined.

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Where will Jalen Hurts begin the season next year? The Eagles have yet to make a solid decision about his future, despite them having a lot of faith and confidence in his potential.

But will they look to bring in a more experienced quarterback to help Hurts’ progress? All of this remains to be seen.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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