Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts lands in bottom half of recent QB ranking

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Philadelphia Eagles made a big decision this offseason when they shipped Carson Wentz to Indianapolis. By giving up on the former second overall pick, the Eagles made a commitment to last year’s second-round pick, Jalen Hurts, who stepped in last year when Wentz struggled to show much of anything.

While the Eagles believe that Hurts can be the guy at quarterback this year, others aren’t so sure what to think of the former Alabama and Oklahoma product.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts not getting any love from FanSided

Matt Verderame of FanSided ranked all of the starting quarterbacks entering Week 1 and didn’t have a high opinion of Hurts, ranking him 28th.

"Hurts has his big chance. With Carson Wentz in Indianapolis, the Eagles are handing the franchise over to their second-year signal-caller. Hurts showed flashes last season, but with limited talent around him, can he overcome?"

While Verderame didn’t say anything negative about Hurts in that blurb, the ranking speaks for itself. For reference, he put Wentz 24th, indicating that he thinks Wentz is the better quarterback between the two.

This is only the beginning of what’s surely going to be a telling season for Hurts. He was drafted by the Eagles before Wentz’s decline had become evident and now with Wentz out of the picture, the Eagles are his team. The NFC East is a terrible division and if Hurts can’t get it done in this division, he’s probably not going to have another opportunity to start in the NFL.

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This weekend’s game against the Falcons is an excellent chance for Hurts to show that he’s the right man for the job in Philadelphia. The Eagles have to score a lot of points in order to keep up with the Falcons’ high-flying offense but can Hurts do that at the professional level?

If he can, don’t be surprised to see him climb up the rankings next week.