Philadelphia Eagles rookie Jalen Hurts changed Carson Wentz at quarterback halfway by means of the third quarter and practically sparked a comeback in Sunday’s 30-16 road loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Hurts outperformed Wentz, ending 5-of-12 for 109 yards with a landing and an interception whereas dashing 5 occasions for 29 yards. Wentz ended 6-of-15 for 79 yards and was sacked 4 occasions.
The choice to bench Wentz, and the crew’s uptick in play when Hurts was inserted into the lineup, will solely intensify the quarterback debate raging in Philadelphia. Coach Doug Pederson mentioned he has not determined which quarterback will begin Week 14 for the Eagles (3-8-1) at residence towards the New Orleans Saints.
“I’ve bought to get by means of accidents, I’ve bought to get by means of the tape, there’s loads of issues that I will think about and consider earlier than something is determined,” Pederson mentioned.
Hurts tossed the primary landing cross of his profession halfway by means of the fourth quarter, hitting receiver Greg Ward for a 32-yard strike on fourth-and-18. Fellow Eagles rookie Jalen Reagor made it a one-score sport with a 73-yard punt-return landing a bit over a minute later, however the comeback bid ended there, because the Packers’ Aaron Jones broke off a 77-yard TD run and Hurts adopted with an interception.
“Any expertise and any alternative to the touch the sphere, it solely sort of raises the worth of that participant. It is sort of has been that manner all 12 months, and at present Coach gave me that chance,” Hurts mentioned. “With all my coronary heart, I had each intention of coming in and getting it executed and profitable the sport however we got here up quick, and that solely lights a fireplace in everyone shifting ahead.”
Hurts noticed an uptick in first-team snaps previous to final week’s sport towards the Seattle Seahawks, sources instructed ESPN, however was on the sphere for less than two performs because of the offense’s incapability to maintain drives. With Wentz’s struggles persevering with towards the Packers, Pederson determined to offer Hurts his first prolonged alternative beneath heart.
“I did not know what the plan was absolutely. I used to be simply instructed he was moving into for the following play and the following sequence,” Wentz mentioned. “So I did not actually know what was happening there. Clearly, that is irritating as a competitor and simply the persona that I’ve, I need to be the man on the market. However it’s what it’s. They made the decision at present. On the finish of the day we misplaced, as a crew we misplaced, and that is what I feel for me I am most pissed off about. I do not like the place we’re at this season recordwise and I do know I can play higher and we will all be higher going ahead.”
Wentz, 27, has been mired within the worst season of his profession, coming into Sunday’s sport ranked first in interceptions (15) and sacks (46), thirty first in completion share (58.1%) and thirtieth in yards per try (6.02).
Hurts performed 33 snaps over the primary 11 video games, lining up everywhere in the formation whereas getting used largely as a gadget participant. With calls rising for Hurts in current weeks, Pederson has maintained that Wentz is the Eagles’ starter.
Hurts racked up 52 touchdowns for Oklahoma final season — 32 passing and 20 dashing — whereas ending second within the Heisman Trophy voting behind Joe Burrow. The Eagles stunned many by choosing Hurts 53rd general in April’s NFL draft regardless of giving Wentz a four-year, $128 million extension in the summertime of 2019.