The Eagles won’t be hurting for a quarterback in 2021.
Jalen Hurts was thrust into action at the end of the 2020 season, following Doug Pederson’s unceremonious benching of now-Colts QB Carson Wentz, potentially signifying Hurts’ standing as starter.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has made Hurts’ success the priority heading into 2021, though the organization is not entirely sold on the quarterback.
“I would not report the Eagles have internal unanimity on Hurts as QB1 but sources say the boss, Jeffrey Lurie, has instructed his group to prioritize making Hurts successful in 2021 as opposed to creating a true competition,” Mortensen’s tweet reads.
New Philly head coach Nick Sirianni “understands that what the owner wants, the owner gets,” per Mortensen (via ProFootballTalk).
The Eagles wanting to steer away from true competition at the QB position is noteworthy, considering the reports that Wentz was dissatisfied with the team drafting Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft, leading to a quarterback controversy that lasted the duration of the season.
Hurts performed well in limited action for Philadelphia down the stretch, throwing six touchdowns to four interceptions and rushing for another three scores. There are doubts about his viability as a long-term starter, but with no competition at the quarterback position, it doesn’t seem like Lurie and Co. want to repeat the same mistake.
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