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Second-round pick QB Jalen Hurts has agreed to terms on his rookie contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
All the Philadelphia draft picks are now under contract after the team announced the signings of Hurts and first-round pick Jalen Reagor today. While head coach Doug Pederson mentioned in the offseason that Nate Sudfeld would likely be the backup to Carson Wentz, it’d be interesting to see what happened if Wentz actually did go down. He has an injury history, so regardless of who the backup is, expect both to be prepared on game days. Hurts could certainly play on designed package plays, but the Eagles are likely to limit those as they view him as a prototypical quarterback and don’t want to risk injury on gadget plays just for the sake of running something different.
Eagles beat writer Mike Kaye believes Philadelphia views Jalen Hurts as more of a genuine quarterback and thus will take a conservative approach with his development rather than throwing him out on the field early on in package situations this season.
After selecting Hurts in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Eagles GM Howie Roseman hinted that Hurts could be part of package situations on the field, similar to how the Saints utilize the skillset of Taysom Hill. That may be unlikely to happen, at least early on, given the offseason circumstances as well as the Eagles intent to develop Hurts into a genuine quarterback. As reported last month by head coach Doug Pederson, Nate Sudfeld is likely to backup Carson Wentz due to his understanding of the offense, but don’t be surprised if Hurts gets a shot as the starter should Wentz face any setbacks this season.
On a conference call with the media Tuesday morning, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke about the backup QB position and said, “early on in this season, teams are going to have to rely on their veterans. And Nate (Sudfeld) is one of those guys for us. I have a ton of confidence in Nate becoming our backup QB."
Pederson went on to say that Hurts has been doing a great job in the virtual off-season program, but that he inevitably still needs to “learn and pick up” the Eagles system. It’s likely only a matter of time before the 53rd overall pick in the Draft gets his chance to compete for the backup spot to Carson Wentz, but it’ll take some extra time due to the circumstances that all teams find themselves in right now. Sudfeld has been with the Eagles the past three seasons and knows exactly what they’re trying to do on offense. Because of that, Pederson feels more comfortable at this time rolling with him as the backup over Hurts, and rightfully so.
The Philadelphia Eagles have selected quarterback Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
This is the shock of the draft so far. The Eagles have Carson Wentz locked up as their franchise quarterback of the foreseeable future, and they have plenty of needs on both sides of the ball. Hurts should step in and immediately be Wentz's backup, and could see playing time right away in a kind of Taysom Hill-type role if the Eagles choose to deploy him in such a way.
The Packers and Chargers have been in touch with and monitoring Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts. Both teams had meetings setup with him, and have done virtual calls.
Both teams are looking toward the future at quarterback, and are keeping tabs on Hurts. He is currently projected to be drafted as high as the second round. If Hurts was drafted by either team, he is most likely expected to sit the first season (both teams have established starters) as he continues to develop his passing game. The 21-year-old is worth drafting in dynasty formats only.
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