Philadelphia Eagles: That Jalen Hurts era has officially begun

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After being traded to the Indianapolis Colts, the Carson Wentz watch as we know it is finally over. The Philadelphia Eagles ended the ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ game by sending the guy who was supposed to be their franchise quarterback packing. A new era in the City of Brotherly Love is about to begin, and for all intents and purposes, it appears that said era will be led by Philly’s now-second-year signal-caller, Jalen Hurts.

While the sting of the Wentz era abruptly ending is heavy, his big-money deal and the dead money that will hinder roster building in 2021 by the front office is a huge area of concern. Philly beginning a complete rebuild with what might be a franchise quarterback on their roster should be considered as a huge win.

The Philadelphia Eagles are in good hands moving forward.

The former leader of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oklahoma Sooners brings excitement to the Eagles locker room. With his explosive style of play, both on the ground and with his arm, Hurts possesses the ability to tuck the ball and make defenses look silly. This young man has a cannon for an arm, but what’s most impressive about the 22-year-old is how mature he is, how he carries himself,  and how no situation seems to be too big for him.

Some fans have been down on Hurts after going 1-3 in his first (and only) four starts of his career. He threw for 1061 yards and six touchdowns versus four interceptions. He didn’t light up the National Football League in his short time playing, but what he did do was breathe life into the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense.

Jalen Hurts is the spark the Philadelphia Eagles need.

Almost the instant Hurts took the reigns of the Birds offense, he brought a spark, one that seemed to influence the players around him. Despite winning only one game, the team, for the most part, looked the best that it had looked all season.

Both through the air and on the ground, Hurts was exciting to watch as he defeated the New Orleans Saints and almost willed his team to an upset win versus the Arizona Cardinals. It would have been nice to see if he could have pulled one out versus a Washington team that needed to win in order to make the postseason. Before he got pulled, it looked as though there was a chance that he could.

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With the 2021 NFL Draft approaching, Philly’s front office will have an opportunity to add talent around Hurts. That should be a huge boost to a roster that is less than ideal. Whoever they bank on, it appears that the Philadelphia Eagles are in good hands by entrusting Hurts to lead them. There’s no turning back now. We can officially state the Jalen Hurts era has begun.