Quarterback Carson Wentz had a messy ending to his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. He got off to a great start in his career, but a horrible 2020 season that resulted in his benching has since led to him becoming the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. While Wentz is now getting to know his new teammates, he actually hasn’t spoken to a former Eagles teammate, quarterback Jalen Hurts, at all since the trade. So, what does Hurts think about Wentz leaving Philly for Indy?
The Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts
Carson Wentz was supposed to be the Philadelphia Eagles’ franchise quarterback. Philadelphia selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He then had an excellent season in 2017, as he went 11-2 in 13 starts and threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
After getting hurt that year, though, he didn’t play quite as well in 2018 and 2019, but he still had more than 20 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions in each of those seasons. However, in 2020, Wentz had a horrible year. The Eagles went 4-11-1 overall and allowed him to get sacked an NFL-leading 50 times in only 12 starts. He also threw for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns, and a league-leading 15 interceptions.
The Eagles then benched Wentz for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts, and that move seemed to have played a role in Wentz wanting Philadelphia to trade him.
Carson Wentz has not spoken to Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts recently appeared on The Adam Schefter Podcast, and he spoke about the opportunity he recently received to become the Eagles’ starting quarterback following Carson Wentz’s trade to the Colts.
“I think it was just an opportunity for me,” Hurts said, according to CBS Sports. “I think it shows the trust and what they think I can be as a player. So I want to prove ’em right.”
However, Hurts also received a question, asking if he and Wentz have spoken since the trade, and he said, “No, sir,” per CBS Sports. But he also hopes the best for his former teammate.
“I send him my blessings,” Hurts said, according to CBS Sports. “I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he takes off. I hope he has a great remainder of his career.”
So, it seems like there aren’t any hard feelings between the two after Jalen Hurts took Carson Wentz’s job. They don’t seem to be the best of friends, either, though.
Will Jalen Hurts be the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2021?
With Carson Wentz now gone, does this mean that Jalen Hurts is the starting quarterback for the Eagles?
Hurts played well at times during the games he played in throughout his rookie season. In 15 games and four starts, Hurts threw for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions and ran for 354 yards and three touchdowns on 63 attempts.
The Eagles have the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, though. So, they could select a quarterback with that pick. However, according to CBS Sports, ESPN’s Chris Mortenson recently reported that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has told his personnel department that he wants to build around Hurts and not even worry about a quarterback competition.
If that report is true and the Eagles decide to go in that direction, they could easily select a receiver with the sixth overall pick. There will, though, most likely be some good QBs still available at that spot, and if a guy like Justin Fields slides there (some experts expect him to), it may be hard to pass him up.
As of right now, however, it appears that Jalen Hurts is the Eagles’ future at quarterback. It will be interesting to see how he plays and how Carson Wentz performs as the Colts’ quarterback in 2021.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference