Jalen Hurts makes his case as the most-talked-about third-string quarterback in Philadelphia Eagles history.
Since his arrival in camp, Jalen Hurts has impressed with his work ethic, his professionalism, and of course, his athleticism. He’s thrown pretty passes. He’s been in at quarterback and, at times, run more than he’s thrown, but through it all, something’s become apparent.
We talk about Carson Wentz. We talk about Jalen Hurts. We’ve said absolutely nothing about Nate Sudfeld, and he’s supposed to be the backup. Despite Hurts’ strong showing in camp and some small rumblings that he may, indeed, be the true backup to Carson Wentz (this was never said by anyone associated with the Philadelphia Eagles however), head coach Doug Pederson addressed the question of what his quarterbacks’ depth chart looks like in a recent sitdown with the Philly media.
Here’s some of what coach had to say:
"The way he’s picked up our offense, and handled the situations we’ve put him in, in practice, he’s done a nice job there. He’s still got some learning to do, obviously, but nothing’s too big for Jalen. He’s obviously played in some big-time games in college. He’s been in a number of offenses in his career, whether it’s been in Oklahoma (or) Alabama… and he’s done a nice job understanding. Now it’s just a matter of detailing that work and applying it to what he sees defensively when he gets an opportunity. Obviously, the skillset is there. You can see him with his legs, the ability to escape the pocket, things he did in college, and throws a good ball, and all those things."
Nothing should be surprising there, but let’s be clear. Some of you who are scratching your heads about Sudfeld are not in the minority. if you’ve watched him to this point, it’s hard, at times, to see what the Eagles seem to see. Let’s dig a little deeper on that topic.