The Philadelphia Eagles enter the week leading up to their final preseason game with questions at the quarterback position. Yes, that’s still an issue. You didn’t think three completions on seven attempts would erase all of the concerns about Jalen Hurts criticism, did you?
Heading into Philly’s second preseason game, there was talk about whether or not QB1 would lead the starting offense for the first half, a series, or a full-blown dress rehearsal. We just knew that he needed more reps. Gametime came, and we were robbed of the opportunity to see how Hurts had progressed since the last time we had seen him.
An illness knocked him out of Philly’s tilt with the New England Patriots just minutes before kickoff. That isn’t to say that we learned nothing from Jalen’s absence. Birds fans got a full half of Joe Flacco versus many of the Pats starters and a second half of football with Nick Mullens under center.
The moral of the second preseason game, from the aspect of evaluating the signal-callers, is this. Flacco is in the twilight of his career and as close to being cooked as a guy can be without being done. Nick Mullens simply just can’t play, but fear not. A former NFL signal-caller/ESPN analyst believes he has the cure for what ails the Birds.
Dan Orlovsky offers a possible solution for the Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky sees Gardner Minshew as someone the Philadelphia Eagles should add to their quarterback room. He’s currently a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they added Trevor Lawrence during the most recent NFL Draft, so you can see why Minshew is being seen as being disposable.
Orlovsky’s name is one that Philadelphia Eagles fans know well. He was the president of the ESPN Carson Wentz fan club from the time Philly drafted him all the way until Wentz had shown signs that he was regressing and heading in the wrong direction.
What did Orlovsky do? He did what any great fan club president would have done. He took his seat on the Wentz Wagon and rode it until the wheels off, and did they ever. Once Wentz’s play had regressed to being beyond embarrassing, Orlovsky finally offered some constructive criticism. Still, his support of a man once a franchise’s savior, a man that never even led them to a playoff win, was obvious.
He appears to be a big fan of Minshew’s game as well. We all know the former Northwest Mississippi and Washington State product has some ability. He’s earned a 7-13 record as a starter and has thrown for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions over his 23-game career. He isn’t going to be someone the Birds can bank on going forward, but he can provide value as a backup.
Still, whether the Philadelphia Eagles prove to be interested or not, you had better hope that Hurts continues on his upswing, and if he does improve, that he doesn’t get hurt. This team is in trouble if something happens to him.