Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie Wants to Build Around Jalen Hurts
After trading away Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, many suspected that the Eagles management would look to bring in another QB to create a serious quarterback competition with Jalen Hurts.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen however, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly wants Hurts to be the starter in 2021, and wants the Eagles' staff to focus on Hurts's success this year rather than bringing in competition.
In four games started in 2020, Jalen Hurts performed fairly well. In his first ever NFL start, he led the Eagles to a victory over the Saints at home to end a three game losing streak.
In the following week at Arizona, Hurts played arguably his best NFL game thus far, completing 24 of 44 passes for 338 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He added 63 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown as well, but Philly came up just short with a 33-26 loss.
Hurts again threw for 300 yards the following week at Dallas, but he also threw two interceptions and the offense struggled all day, leading to a 37-17 loss that ended their chances to win the pitiful NFC East.
The season ended in disappointment for Hurts, who was controversially benched during the fourth quarter of a meaningless game for Philadelphia which handed the Washington Football Team the NFC East division title.
All told, Hurts threw for 1,061 yards for six touchdowns and four interceptions in 2020, while adding 354 yards and three scores on 63 rushing attempts. While throwing for decent yardage in his limited action, Hurts only completed 52% of his passes and looked a bit lost at times.
However, the team's performance over Hurts's four starts was enough to convince the main man in charge, owner Jeffrey Lurie, that he should be the Eagles starting quarterback moving forward into 2021.
While the Eagles will likely bring in a veteran QB, it is apparent that it will at least try to make it work with what it has and prioritize the success of Jalen Hurts rather than creating an open competition.
General manager Howie Roseman will have a tall task ahead of him in making the Eagles competitive in 2021. The roster is full of holes, particularly at wide receiver, with very little money to improve, especially with a dead cap hit of $34.8 million due to the Wentz trade.
With the 6th-overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, Roseman would be wise to surround Hurts with some young talent on offense in order to allow the coaching staff to continue to develop Hurts as an NFL starting quarterback.