In a jaw-dropping choice, the Eagles took quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Though initially met with backlash from Wentz fans everywhere, Philadelphia fans are slowly warming up to the idea of having a starting-quality quarterback as the backup.
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To be clear, nobody expects to see Hurts starting any games this season while Wentz is healthy.
That being said, Wentz has yet to prove that he is capable of seeing a season through to the Super Bowl without suffering a severe injury.
All things considered, a Heisman runner-up in Hurts isn’t a bad insurance policy in case the Eagles need to deal with another Wentz injury, whether it happens to be this upcoming season or down the road.
Coach Pederson has implied the Hurts selection isn’t for a standard backup position, but rather one that could include running and trick plays as well.
However, the choice could also be an indication that the management doesn’t believe Wentz will stay healthy in the long run. In preparation, the Eagles have selected someone who can step in if the worst-case scenario happens.
Wentz has been nothing short of encouraging and optimistic about the addition of Hurts in the public eye, but one has to wonder how he is going to react to having a hungry, talented backup breathing down his neck.
Realistically, Wentz isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but if he wants to improve Philadelphia’s confidence in him continuing to be the guy, he better be ready for another monster campaign.