Philadelphia Eagles tale of the tape: Carson Wentz versus Jalen Hurts

Carson Wentz (11) Jalen Hurts (2) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Carson Wentz (11) Jalen Hurts (2) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles
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There are tons of teams the Philadelphia Eagles rookie could start for.

Call this an obvious or a controversial statement, whichever one floats your boat, but why would anyone believe that this team didn’t draft Jalen Hurts as a second-round insurance policy? Forget about that ‘quarterback factory’ thing and everything you heard from Howie Roseman. How many times have you heard him tell you a story only to find out that what you heard wasn’t exactly the gospel?

Did Philly give Carson Wentz an extension? They absolutely did, but come on. Franchise signal-callers don’t grow on trees. The Eagles organization had to pay Wentz. They had to pay him early, which they did. Once that happens, at least they know that they have him in their back pocket, but that doesn’t mean the franchise closes its eyes and ignores the opportunities to get better either.

Carson Wentz has a sub-.500 record as the Eagles starting quarterback since 2017. Sure, he rattled off a few wins down the stretch and got his team into the playoffs, but the Birds weren’t playing anybody. If you believe that this team is putting all of their eggs in Mr. Wentz’s basket, you’re fooling yourselves.

Do you like athleticism? Hurts is more athletic than Wentz is, no? Do you like leadership? Hurts has that too. We’ve seen this team play harder for Nick Foles than Carson Wentz. We’ve heard Wentz is a bad teammate. We’ve heard anonymous sources, and now, with Foles gone, another backup quarterback stepped into the lineup. What happened?

Again, the team gave a lot more effort for Hurts than they gave for Wentz. If you can’t see that, maybe you need to wipe the steam from your glasses. It can’t be proven at the moment, but there may be some evidence if you’re paying attention that these guys won’t play for 11. Week 13’s game film will tell you that they’ll absolutely give their all for Number 2.