Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) before a game against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Eagles name Jalen Hurts starter despite Gardner Minshew trade

Jalen Hurts officially was named the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback Tuesday, three days after the team acquired Gardner Minshew from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Nobody else got any reps with the ones (first-stringers) and Jalen’s known, ‘Hey, nobody else has gotten any reps with the ones but me,'” first-year Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “Jalen’s our starter. … I consistently saw a player that got better every single day.”

The Eagles traded a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft to the Jaguars to acquire Minshew, who played in 23 games (20 starts) in his first two NFL seasons but had no future in Jacksonville after Trevor Lawrence came to town.

Three quarterbacks — Hurts, Minshew and Joe Flacco — made the Eagles’ initial 53-man roster after Tuesday’s cutdown deadline.

As a rookie in 2020, Hurts took over for a slumping Carson Wentz late in the season and made four starts, going 1-3. He appeared in 15 games, often playing in special, run-focused packages, and finished the year with 1,061 passing yards, six touchdown passes, four interceptions and three rushing scores.

Tuesday was the first time Sirianni committed to Hurts as his opening-day starter.

“Jalen will be our starter, and he’s earned that right with a great preseason and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him and in that room in general,” Sirianni said.

Hurts did not participate in the Eagles’ final two preseason games. He came down with a stomach infection the day of the Aug. 19 game against the New England Patriots and was sent to the hospital as a precaution. He also did not play in wet conditions in the Eagles’ preseason finale against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday.

The Eagles open the regular season Sept. 12 at the Atlanta Falcons.

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