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The Quarterback Situation for the Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wenz and Jalen Hurts Warming up before the Saints game

The Eagles have checked off their most pressing issue of finding a new head coach in Nick Sirianni. Now it is time to look at another pressing issue, which is the quarterback situation for the Philadelphia Eagles. As of now, they have two quarterbacks that have the possibility to be starter in the 2021 season. These two quarterbacks include Jalen Hurts and Carson Wentz.

Carson Wentz

The Eagles organization is in shambles after the drama between Wentz and former Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson. With the Eagles new head coach in place, this gives Wentz the opportunity prove himself as a potential starter come week 1. So, what does Carson Wentz need to fix to become the starter once again in Philadelphia? The first and most prominent issue would be the amount of interceptions that Wentz throws. He threw 15 interceptions in the 2020 season, which was a league high before Pederson benched him against the Packers in week 13.

The State of the Eagles Quarterback Situation
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Accuracy is another issue that Wentz needs to address before the 2021 season. His completion percentage in 2020 was the lowest it has ever been in his career totaling just 57.4%. He could be struggling with a lack of confidence from the injuries he suffered. He has had a long history with injuries which includes a back fracture, concussions and an ACL tear. Wentz needs to regain his confidence and fix his mechanics if he wants to be a starter in 2021.

Jalen Hurts

Hurts is a piece of the puzzle that the Eagles need to figure out. Hurts gave the Eagles hope at the end of the season with a few good performances. He led the Eagles to a win against the Saints and kept games close against the Cardinals and the Redskins. For Hurts to win the job in 2021, it will be because of his arm. Hurts has proven that by racking up over 1,069 passing yards this season and throwing for six touchdowns. He also has speed and he can help out if the offensive line breaks down. Hurts produced 354 rushing yards in the 2020 season. Hurts has starting potential and is a threat to Wentz’s hopes to be starter again for the Philadelphia Eagles

The State of the Eagles Quarterback Situation
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If the Eagles choose to go with Wentz in the 2021 season, Hurts can still have a major role on the team. They can bring Hurts in during key moments in the game, whether that’s getting a first down or key goal line conversions. This would be like the Drew Brees/Taysom Hill tandem, which worked well for the Saints over the last couple of seasons. Hurts is still a young quarterback and it would not hurt for him to learn more while on the bench and develop his skills. He will get plenty of action either way in the upcoming NFL season. 

 

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