Carson Wentz went from listening to the cha-ching of cashing in on an extension to the seem of a ticking clock in a span of ten months.
The Eagles dropped a second-spherical stunner on the 2020 NFL Draft by selecting previous Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 select inspite of acquiring the 27-12 months-outdated Wentz less than deal as a result of 2024 on a 4-12 months deal value $128 million.
Typical manager Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson promptly experimented with to downplay any converse of a quarterback controversy, but better luck subsequent time. Some Eagles lovers by no means warmed to the injuries-vulnerable Wentz and the arrival of Hurts could boost the adage the most well known player on a group is the backup quarterback.
“We’ve shown how we sense about Carson by our actions — by the amount of picks we have set into [assisting] him and by the deal extension,” Roseman claimed. “We imagine this is the guy to direct us to our subsequent Super Bowl championship, but for better or even worse we are quarterback developers. We want to be a quarterback manufacturing facility.”
The Eagles paired Donovan McNabb and Jeff Garcia very last ten years and then won Super Bowl LII behind backup Nick Foles immediately after Wentz’s MVP-caliber time was minimize small. The beloved Foles still left in cost-free company, permitting Wentz not to reside in his shadow.
Enter Hurts, who starred at the Senior Bowl and drew a comparison to Dak Prescott from the game’s executive director Jim Nagy, a previous Seahawks scout.
“Nobody is going to be seeking at a rookie quarterback having more than for a Professional Bowl quarterback,” Roseman claimed, “but at the end of the day we imagine in the quarterback place.”
Some scouts imagine Hurts could fill a complementary purpose like Taysom Hill does for Drew Brees and the Saints. Hill spells Brees for specific plays, in particular in the crimson zone, and plays on exclusive groups.
“It’s a thing we are going to discover,” Pederson claimed. “First and foremost, Jalen Hurts is a fantastic quarterback, he was drafted as a quarterback and he is a quarterback to start with. But he has a exceptional skill set. He is a good runner.”
Roseman informed Wentz before in the day of the probability of selecting Hurts and, immediately after the select was designed, Wentz quickly turned to Twitter to welcome Hurts to “the very best football metropolis in America.”
The sturdy Hurts was 38-4 as a university starter and accounted for 123 touchdowns. He transferred immediately after losing his occupation at Alabama to Tua Tagovailoa, who was the No. five select by the Dolphins — but to start with proved he could be a good teammate as a backup, which mattered to the Eagles’ brass.
“I never set a ceiling on myself or my video game,” Hurts claimed. “I’m enthusiastic to soak it all in like a sponge and make improvements to just about every day.”
The Eagles managed to continue to keep their interest peaceful inspite of scouting Hurts’ game titles at Oklahoma, track record cellphone phone calls to coaches and arranging a just one-on-just one conference at Oklahoma’s pro day, right before the coronavirus pandemic.
“I management what I can,” Hurts claimed. “This is a good minute for me and household.”