Jalen Hurts was a somewhat surprising pick by the Eagles in the second round of the NFL Draft this year, but through 11 weeks of the NFL season, the pick may work out better than expected.
Hurts was expected to be more of a backup in a rookie season. He might make a few appearances in some offensive packages, but otherwise was expected to sit behind Carson Wentz. However, things change in the NFL and Wentz has not been the quarterback many expected him to be this year.
Wentz leads the NFL in interceptions (14) and led the league in fumbles (10) heading into this week (Derek Carr passed him after a three-fumble game in Week 13). He also has at least seven dropped interceptions (per PFF) on the season, which led the league heading into Week 10. Wentz’s 58.4 completion percentage is also second-worst in the league (among eligible passers).
These massive struggles have led to Eagles fans wanting to see more of Hurts. Whenever the Eagles play, you typically see Hurts’ name trending on Twitter despite the fact he only has two pass attempts on the season. He trends because fans have been wanting him to replace Wentz.
Well, it seems Eagles fans might just get their wish in Week 12, at least according to some reports.
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Is Jalen Hurts starting for the Eagles in Week 12?
But he is expected to “receive increased playing time,” according to a report from NFL Network. This increase in playing time won’t just be special packages where Hurts is designed to run, like what we’ve seen from him so far. The report says Hurts will play more at quarterback with Wentz on the bench.
More from NFL Network:
It’s unlikely that Hurts will get to take an entire series. More likely, it will be two or three plays at a time. But, based on the game plan and the week of practice, he should see his most significant snaps yet. … One source cautioned that outside factors can cause things to change on gameday. But this has been the plan all week.
Why won’t the Eagles start Jalen Hurts?
Wentz will still start in Week 12, and will likely remain the team’s starter for the rest of the season. Eagles coach Doug Pederson was asked why Hurts hasn’t taken over as starter after Wentz’s struggles, and said it would send the wrong message to the team.
“I think you are sending the wrong message to your football team that the season is over. That is a bad message,” Pederson said after Week 11. “We have to work through this. When times get tough, sometimes that might be the easy thing to do. This business is about work. This business is about detail and having ownership – things I talk about with the team. That is what we have got to do. That is coaches and players. That is not one guy. It is bigger. This sport is bigger than one guy. We all have a hand in it and we all have to fix it.”
Jalen Hurts’ stats with the Eagles
Hurts has seen extremely limited action as a passer with only two pass attempts heading into Week 12. He’s been used more as a runner, carrying the ball 12 times for 56 yards. Hurts also has one reception on the season for three yards.
Despite having 14 offensive touches this season, Hurts has actually played on 31 offensive snaps. So there have been 17 plays where Hurts was on the field, but didn’t record a pass or rushing attempt.
Overall, Hurts’ role in the Eagles offense has been very limited so far.