Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is a big fan of his starting quarterback, and he had a unique way of showing that leading up to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sirianni was spotted at practice on Friday wearing a T-shirt that featured Jalen Hurts’ face in a pair of sunglasses. He offered a very simple explanation for why he wore it.
Sirianni is in his first season as head coach of the Eagles, and some of his methods have already been questioned. If you remember, he had a very interesting way of testing the competitive spirit of draft prospects. His decision to wear a shirt with his quarterback’s face on it was also unusual, but Hurts probably appreciated it.
The Eagles are off to a good start in the Sirianni era, as they blew out the Atlanta Falcons last week. Hurts played extremely well in that game. The second-year quarterback went 27/35 with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns. He added another 62 yards on seven rushes.
The Philadelphia Eagles placed a lot of confidence in Jalen Hurts when they drafted him in the second round last year, and the former Alabama star appears poised to reward the team for it this season.
There have been several reports this offseason about Hurts looking impressive in training camp. That theme apparently continued this week when the Eagles held joint practices with the New England Patriots. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “Get Up!” Friday morning that NFL sources who were at those joint practices were surprised by Hurts’ accuracy. Fowler described Hurts as “surging.”
That meshes with a report from earlier in the week, which said Eagles players have been blown away by what they’ve seen from Hurts.
It will be interesting to see if Hurts lives up to the hype, especially since the Eagles have been consistently linked to Deshaun Watson. There seemed to be a feeling at one point that Hurts is not ready to start in the NFL, but that theory is sounding less accurate by the day.
Jalen Hurts didn’t put to rest every question about him possibly being the franchise quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles during his limited action last season. It sounds like he might be doing it in training camp, though.
ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported Monday that there is a “fast-growing sentiment” around Eagles camp that Hurts is “undoubtedly” the franchise quarterback. Schultz added that Eagles players are “consistently blown away” by Hurts’ skill level and work ethic.
Hurts seemed to get off to a rough start in camp, but that will happen to 23-year-old quarterbacks. Evidently, he has stabilized himself brilliantly and looks to be in command of the offense.
There have been persistent rumors that the Eagles were in the hunt for a quarterback upgrade. If Hurts is as good as he sounds in this report, that won’t be necessary.
There are consistent rumors linking the Philadelphia Eagles with other quarterbacks. Part of the reason why might have to do with Jalen Hurts’ camp performance.
Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, who attended Saturday’s practice, suggested that Hurts’ performance was not going to be enough to end any search for an upgrade.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of WIP said it was a bad day for the entire offense, but Hurts’ decision-making left something to be desired.
One bad practice is hardly the end of the world for Hurts and the offense. Still, if this keeps up for the better part of camp, the worries will only grow.
There are already questions regarding how committed the Eagles are to Hurts given some of the trade rumors that have popped up in recent weeks. It goes back even before the offseason, when Hurts was given no guarantees about winning the job. Nothing is imminent, but at this point, it’s something to keep an eye on.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is saying all the right things when it comes to facing a position battle in training camp.
The Eagles have been adamant that Hurts must earn the starting job against the likes of veteran Joe Flacco despite the team seemingly clearing the role for him by trading Carson Wentz to Indianapolis. The second-year quarterback on Wednesday insisted that he’s fine with this arrangement.
“No one is above that,” Hurts said, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “Everybody’s got to go to work. Rent is due every day. It’s always been that way for me. Always been a get better mentality every day. Grow every day, be a better leader every day, be a better quarterback every day. When that rent’s due, I don’t plan on missing payments.”
That has to be what the Eagles want to hear from Hurts. Still, few have any doubts that he’ll end up getting the job. After last year’s late-season cameo, combined with the fact that he clearly has fans in the organization, he’s the heavy favorite. It’s pretty much impossible to see how Flacco beats him out, but at least Hurts isn’t complacent anyway.
Jalen Hurts is almost certainly going to be the No. 1 quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles when the 2021 season begins, and his jersey number will now reflect his spot on the depth chart.
The Eagles announced some new jersey numbers for returning players and newly-signed free agents on Friday. In doing so, they revealed that Hurts is switching from No. 2 to No. 1.
Hurts wore No. 1 his lone season at Oklahoma after wearing No. 2 at Alabama prior to transferring. CeeDee Lamb already had No. 2 with the Sooners when Hurts transferred to Oklahoma.
Hurts attached a theme to his No. 2 jersey after the Eagles drafted him. He released a hype video on Twitter that said “Back 2 Basics.”
The Eagles recently traded back from No. 6 to No. 12 in the draft via a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins, which is a good sign that they have faith in Hurts heading into this season. It seems like that is what ownership wants, anyway. Perhaps Hurts’ is sending a message with his decision to switch to jersey No. 1.
Jalen Hurts has a clear path to earning the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback job next season now that Carson Wentz has been traded. However, there have been reports that the team plans to bring in competition for the former Alabama star. The question now is whether or not team owner Jeffrey Lurie will allow that.
During Monday’s episode of “Get Up!,” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Lurie views Hurts as “the guy” and wants the team to do everything possible to make him the starting quarterback.
“Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Eagles, has basically sent the message to his personnel department and his general manager Howie Roseman that he wants to do everything he can to help Jalen Hurts be successful and not bring in somebody to compete for the job,” Mortensen said, via Elliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP SportsRadio. “Now they have a new head coach in Nick Sirianni, he understands what the owner wants, the owner gets.”
Eagles reporter Les Bowen questioned Mortensen’s report, noting that the team must have made that determination very recently if the report is true. Mortensen clarified that there is not consensus within the organization about Hurts being named the starter but that is what the owner wants.
The Eagles have the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and many analysts have predicted they will take a quarterback. If Lurie views Hurts as the starter, that may alter the team’s draft approach.
Hurts has certainly been acting like the Eagles’ starting QB this offseason. It would take a lot for him to lose the job, especially if he has the support of ownership with a new coach in place.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Carson Wentz on Thursday, seemingly opening the door for Jalen Hurts to become the team’s starting quarterback. However, it does not appear to be a guarantee.
According to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Eagles plan to bring in competition for Hurts, and the starting quarterback job will not automatically go to the former Alabama and Oklahoma star. However, it is likely that Hurts will end up starting for Philadelphia once all is said and done.
The Eagles are pretty much obligated to bring in some sort of insurance for Hurts, who is the only quarterback on the team’s roster under contract for 2021. Backup Nate Sudfeld is a free agent, though he would not cost much to bring back if the team wanted to. That said, Sudfeld would be unlikely to provide any real competition to Hurts if that is what the Eagles actually want.
Hurts is absolutely acting like the team’s starting quarterback. He probably will be. This may simply be the Eagles wanting to ensure that he doesn’t get complacent or assume the job will be handed to him.
The Philadelphia Eagles still have some issues at the quarterback position, but Jalen Hurts is trying to resolve them for the team.
Hurts became the Eagles’ starter late in the season last year after Carson Wentz struggled all season. Hurts gave the Eagles some sparks, though he also had his struggles. Hurts was benched late in Week 17 in controversial fashion but otherwise did OK.
This offseason, Hurts appears to be taking matters into his hands. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reported during the week that some young Eagles receivers are planning to work out with Hurts in Texas.
We have not heard any reports about Wentz working out with his receivers, which is typically something a starting quarterback would do. But this isn’t much of a surprise.
Wentz is seeking a trade and has been mentioned in trade talks. Hurts was a second-round pick last year and still fairly new to the team.
This is yet another sign that the Eagles are Hurts’ team, for now.
H/T Pro Football Talk
Nick Sirianni’s most challenging task as Philadelphia Eagles head coach could be overseeing a quarterback competition, but he insists he is up to the task.
Sirianni was officially introduced as the Eagles’ new head coach on Friday. Naturally, he was asked questions about Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts. He praised both players and said naming a starter “hasn’t even crossed my mind.”
“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top notch,” Sirianni said, per ESPN’s Field Yates. “A lot of teams don’t have any. I’m excited to work with both of them.”
Sirianni also said he had a good conversation with Wentz, but he would not commit to the former No. 2 overall pick remaining with the Eagles.
It is probably safe to assume Wentz will be back. The Eagles reportedly reiterated to prospective head coaches during their search that they are committed to Wentz. There is also a belief that Doug Pederson was fired in part because his relationship with Wentz was strained.
The Eagles signed Wentz to a contract extension that included $107 million in guaranteed money prior to the 2019 season. You can understand why they don’t want to give up on that, and the feeling appears to be mutual.