The Carson Wentz period in Philadelphia got here to an finish right this moment, as the previous second-overall decide was dealt to the Colts. Nevertheless, simply because Wentz was despatched packing, that doesn’t essentially imply Jalen Hurts will slide into the beginning spot. Sources inform ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that the Eagles intend to herald “competitors” at quarterback, and the “beginning job is just not anticipated to robotically go to Hurts.”
The Eagles made a major dedication to Hurts once they chosen him within the second spherical of final 12 months’s draft, and the previous Alabama/Oklahoma standout confirmed flashes of potential through the 2020 season. Hurts in the end began 4 of his 15 appearances this previous season, finishing 52 p.c of his passes for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He added one other 354 dashing yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries.
It’s fairly clear that Hurts is the inheritor obvious on the quarterback spot, so this report might be principally lip service … groups don’t need their younger gamers to relaxation on their laurels. Moderately, the workforce is probably going wanting towards a veteran free agent who will present some additional motivation to the younger sign caller.
Let’s take a look at some extra Wentz-centric notes:
- The Colts ended up sending Philly a 2021 third-round decide and a conditional 2022 second-round decide. In accordance with Zak Keefer of The Athletic, Indy’s supply “hadn’t modified all that a lot throughout 10 days of negotiations.” The Colts entrance workplace in the end believed the compensation was “honest,” they usually by no means meant to “meet the Eagles’ preliminary calls for of a number of first-round picks.” Per Keefer, the Colts understood that Wentz wasn’t their solely possibility to switch Philip Rivers, and the entrance workplace was weighing different choices whereas negotiating with Philadelphia.
- We discovered earlier right this moment that the Bears had inquired on Wentz however by no means made a definitive supply. The identical goes for the Patriots. In accordance with Jeff Howe of the The Athletic, New England referred to as the Eagles in regards to the quarterback however misplaced curiosity once they heard the asking value. Because the reporter notes, the Patriots are unlikely to “overpay for a veteran if it’s not an ideal match,” particularly at this level within the offseason.
- How did it get up to now between Wentz and the Eagles? ESPN’s Tim McManus writes that the drafting of Hurts could have marked the “starting of the top,” however there have been loads of extra components that got here into play through the 2020 season. Because the Eagles losses and accidents continued to mount, (former) head coach Doug Pederson stripped Wentz of “a lot of his management over the offense.” Because of this, Wentz vicariously misplaced religion in his head coach and the system.
- Wentz didn’t simply lose religion in Pederson. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Wentz “misplaced religion in [general manager Howie Roseman‘s] determination making. Wentz held the same sentiment towards proprietor Jeffrey Lurie, who supported his GM and the entrance workplace’s determination to pick Hurts within the second spherical.