Jalen Hurts named Starting Quarterback when the Saints go Marching into Philly By Ryan Kelsey
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has adapted the motto out with the old, in with the new, when he announced on Tuesday that Jalen Hurts will start at quarterback when the Eagles host the Saints on Sunday.
Hurts, who was selected by the Eagles in the second round, with the 53 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft played his collegiate career with both the Alabama Crimson Tide from 2016 - 2018, and then transferred in his last year of his college eligibility to play for the Oklahoma Sooners. While a freshman at Alabama, Hurts earned the honor of being named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year after he threw for 23 touchdowns, and nearly 3,000 passing yards, but his best year came in 2019 when he was with the Sooners and had 32 passing touchdowns, 3,851 passing yards, and had only 8 interceptions.
Now, after the Eagles have watched their season slowly slip away heading into week 14 with a disappointing 3-8-1 record, Hurts will make his first NFL start when he replaces Carson Wentz who the Eagles drafted with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. It is worth noting, that the Eagles had to trade up with the Cleveland Browns
in order to select Wentz and in the process traded away five picks including their first round pick in 2017, and their second round pick in 2018.
Carson Wentz has not been performing well this season to say the least as he leads the NFL in interceptions (15), is completing just 57.4% of his passes, and has the Eagles ranked in the bottom half of the league in points scored (ranked 25th). Surely, these numbers are not what the front office envisioned when the franchise decided to invest in Wentz for the long term by rewarding him with a four-year contract extension worth $128 million dollars this past offseason.
The Eagles did win the Super Bowl in 2017 against the New England Patriots, but it was Nick Foles who took over the starting quarterback position after Wentz tore his ACL in the regular season against the Rams which forced him to miss the remainder of the season. The following season Wentz returned to the lineup and helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs and advance to the Divisional round before the team lost to the Saints, with a final score of 20 - 14. The 2019 season was not much different as the Eagles made the playoffs once again, but this time failed to win a single playoff game.
Eagles fans alike have started to recognize the pattern of the team finishing their season worse than the year before, and now entering week 14 of the 2020 NFL season, the Eagles will cout on the 22 year-old Hurts to break a 4-game losing streak and save the team from finishing in last place of the NFC East.