The Philadelphia Eagles’ second-round selection is making a ton of noise.
Once upon a time, long long ago, the Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick from 2016, the second-selection overall Carson Wentz, convinced the team to trade their projected starter for the season, Sam Bradford, just eight days before the start of the regular season. Philly’s new QB1 got off to a torrid start, leading the Eagles to a 3-0 mark and throwing five touchdown passes and no picks over that stretch.
Wentz caught on like wildfire, even leading President Barack Obama to coin the phrase ‘Wentz Wagon’ during a visit to Philly.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that long ago. It was only 2016. Even still, here we are many moons later, and one of the hot topics of Eagles training camp is the third-string quarterback, Philly’s second-round selection from the 2020 NFL Draft, Jalen Hurts.
The Philly media is excited. The fans are starting to generate a little more buzz (even some of the ones who scoffed at the idea of taking a quarterback in the second round), and now the national media is paying attention.
Daniel Jeremiah is no stranger to Eagles fans. He’s a former team scout. He’s one of the creators and hosts of the Move the Sticks podcast, along with Bucky Brooks, but he’s probably best known for his work on the NFL Network. On a recent edition of the highly popular Inside Training Camp Live, Jeremiah had lots to say about Philly’s new signal-caller. Take a look at this one.
"I am excited to see what they do with Jalen Hurts. All reports I have got out of Eagles camp are that they have been blown away with not only, everyone knows how athletic he is, but just how smart he is and how much of a professional he is. He just carries himself like a veteran. Everybody on the team has fallen in love with him. How are they going to use him? I know Taysom Hill is kind of the template some have used for him, but I don’t think he’ll get that much volume (of touches) that Taysom Hill got. I think they’ll find spots."
College football fans got to see a lot of Jalen Hurts’ unquenchable desire to succeed as he exploded into a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate under the watchful eye of the Oklahoma Sooners head coach and offensive genius Lincoln Riley in 2019.
A little less than four months ago, Coach Riley spoke with some of the Philly media, lamenting that Hurts’ biggest obstacle to success in the NFL would be consistency. After all, he did have more than his fair share of offensive coordinators at the collegiate level.
The ‘Birds’ are the only NFC East team to return their head coach from a season ago, and for the most part, the coaching staff has been pretty cohesive. Hurts has a lot of smart guys to learn from, and it looks like he’s is off to a good start, both running and throwing. It’s too early to tell. August 19th marks the third day of padded practices. You also know that there are no preseason games. Even still, it looks like the ‘quarterback factory’ may be on its way to churning out a good one in Number 2. keep an eye on how he develops.