Oct 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) hands off the football to running back Kenneth Gainwell (14) in the second half of an NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Gardner Minshew II probable starting QB for Eagles

Gardner Minshew is slated to start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Jets on Sunday with Jalen Hurts battling an ankle injury, according to a published report.

Another report indicates the Eagles will wait and see how Hurts is feeling on Sunday before making a final decision.

Hurts was injured in the fourth quarter of last week’s 13-7 loss to the New York Giants. He was a limited practice participant on Friday.

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Friday that there was still time to wait before making a decision.

Minshew was acquired by Philadelphia from the Jacksonville Jaguars in late August. He has started 20 NFL games and compiled a 7-13 record.

Sirianni said there would be adjustments to the offensive game plan if Minshew was the starter. Minshew prefers to operate from the pocket while the highly athletic Hurts is comfortable operating on the run and is very effective when he tucks the ball and heads up field.

“You know what your backup likes, and you know what he does well,” Sirianni said. “I don’t want to say it’s different game plans. It’s different styles a little bit because you tweak everything for each individual player. But we’re playing a certain style of defense, so there will be some similarities regardless of who’s playing quarterback.”

Minshew has seen action in one game this season and completed both passes for 11 yards. He has thrown for 5,541 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 24 appearances with the Jaguars (2019-20) and Eagles.

Hurts is in his first season as a full-time starter and has passed for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has rushed for 695 yards and eight scores.

Overall, Hurts is 6-10 as an NFL starter. He threw a career-worst three interceptions in the loss to the Giants.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looks on in front of quarterback Jalen Hurts (R) during the first quarter of a game against the Washington Football Team at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles GM dishes on durability issues with Carson Wentz

Availability was the issue with Carson Wentz when it came time for the Philadelphia Eagles to chart their future late in 2020.

Eagles executive vice president and general manager Howie Roseman revealed in a radio interview Wednesday that durability was the chief complaint about the No. 2 overall pick in 2016.

“We loved Carson,” Roseman told Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia of Wentz, who was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts for the final month of last season — then traded to the Indianapolis Colts.

“But we played four playoff games and we needed our backup in every one.”

Hurts is the starter to open the 2021 season under new head coach Nick Sirianni. Wentz is expected to be ready to go for Week 1 in Indianapolis following a training camp foot surgery.

Roseman all but closed the door on trading for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson after Sirianni named Hurts the Eagles’ starter for the opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

“He can play, and he can win,” Roseman said of Hurts.

After tearing his ACL in the final month of the 2017 regular season, Wentz missed the Eagles’ playoff run to the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history which was guided by Nick Foles. In 2019, he was forced to leave the Eagles’ wildcard playoff game with a head injury in the first quarter.

Colts head coach Frank Reich is intimately familiar with that history, having served as quarterbacks coach of the Eagles prior to being hired in Indianapolis.

Reich was relatively pointed in his comments on Wentz leading the team after the quarterback admitted he is unvaccinated, leading to a multiple-day absence that again called into question his availability.

“The franchise quarterback is a critically important position,” Reich said. “It’s without question a leadership position. As far as that goes, I would just say Carson, in many ways, is an exemplary leader. Are any of us the perfect leader? I don’t know. I don’t think so. We all have holes in our game somewhere and we’re all trying to get better and we’re all trying to learn. I’m trying to learn as a leader.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (L) and wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) walk together during training camp at NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles claim QB Jalen Hurts ‘still in competition’ to be starter

Quarterback Jalen Hurts brought fans to their feet at training camp Thursday with a long touchdown pass to first-round pick DeVonta Smith in a pairing the Philadelphia Eagles envision seeing much more of in 2021.

But first-year head coach Nick Sirianni would not label Hurts the starter at the position on Wednesday as rumors of the Houston Texans shopping Deshaun Watson floated their way to Philly.

Hurts started for the final month of last season after Carson Wentz was benched by Doug Pederson. Wentz was traded in the offseason to the Indianapolis Colts, and the Eagles didn’t draft a challenger to Hurts in April.

“Right now, Jalen is in with the ones,” Sirianni said of his training camp plans for the quarterback. “He’s earned that because he’s worked his butt off. We’re hoping that he takes the reins and rolls with it and continues to just get good reps with the ones.”

General manager Howie Roseman said the Eagles are not connected to every trade that spins in the rumor mill but did not entirely dismiss the notion of checking with the Texans on Watson’s availability.

That didn’t bother Hurts, who has played the role of leader and starter and appears intent on continuing in that capacity until Sirianni makes it official.

“I’m above it all. Control what I can. I’m here,” he said. “That’s what I’m doing, going out there to be the quarterback of this team.”

Behind Hurts on the current depth chart are Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens. Both have starting experience but neither presents a serious threat to Hurts, who is more focused on convincing the Eagles he can be the long-term answer at the position.

“The rent is due every day,” Hurts said, repeating a known Nick Saban phrase from his Alabama days, where he was unseated by Tua Tagovailoa. “I truly mean that, and I have that mentality. For a guy like me, I hold myself accountable to go out there and play at a high level every time I touch the field. There’s not going to be anybody that holds Jalen to a higher standard than Jalen.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs with the ball past New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (99) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Pederson not ready to name Eagles’ starting QB

Eagles coach Doug Pederson plans to review film of rookie Jalen Hurts leading Philadelphia to a win over the New Orleans Saints before naming a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Hurts and the Eagles beat the Saints 24-21 in an upset victory fueled by the young quarterback rushing for 106 yards on 18 carries.

“I’m going to take a look at (film). I’m going to look at a lot of different things before I make that determination this week,” Pederson said on 94.1 WIP radio in Philadelphia on Monday.

The Eagles (4-8-1) had lost four games in a row before Pederson made the decision to start Hurts over Carson Wentz. The Eagles are 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Football Team in the NFC East.

Philadelphia is 28th in the NFL in passing yards (199.8 per game) and 26th in points (21.3 per game).

Hurts is expected to get another start. The 2020 second-round draft pick became the fifth Eagles quarterback to rush for 100 yards and his only turnover was late in the fourth quarter, when the ball was batted out of his hands.

“Going back and watching it this morning, there were some really, really good plays. He played well,” Pederson said. “He managed the team. He did everything we asked him to do. He played smart, he played physical with the run.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) during warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Pederson, Eagles pained by Hurts-Wentz decision

Doug Pederson didn’t expect to be here: 3-8-1 with four games to go and faced with the reality that the Philadelphia Eagles benched their franchise quarterback to start an untested rookie.

Pederson named Jalen Hurts the starting quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday, and Carson Wentz is likely to back him up.

“I never thought, way back in April, did I ever think this would happen? No,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Take Carson Wentz out of it. I didn’t expect us to be in this situation back in April.”

The situation is dire. According to NFL Network, Pederson met with team leaders on Monday and informed them the Eagles are all playing for their future the final month of the season.

What message Pederson is sending by turning to Hurts is not entirely clear. The issue was confused to some degree two weeks ago when Pederson told reporters that sitting Wentz would be akin to raising the flag of surrender on the 2020 season.

He bristled at the idea Wednesday, adding that Hurts is in for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and all personnel decisions can be evaluated again before next week’s game.

“My expectation is to go out and prepare and try to win every game we play,” Pederson said. “Listen, just like I said after the football game Sunday, I was looking for a spark from our offense, and a lot of times it comes from putting your quarterback on the bench for the backup, and that’s all I’m looking for here. I’m looking for a little spark, a little shot in the arm to pick the offense up.

“Everybody around Jalen or around Carson has to elevate their game. We can’t do this – they can’t do this alone, right. They can’t do this. It’s impossible to attack an opponent with just one guy, but I fully expect our guys to go out, play hard and do everything they can to try and win.”

Before the change was officially announced, Wentz was one of the team leaders who sat down with Pederson. Among other team leaders were center Jason Kelce and defensive end Brandon Graham.

Kelce said Wednesday that Hurts starting over Wentz isn’t the story in Philadelphia.

“This more comes down to a failure of pretty much every position, including the coaches, to facilitate a functioning offense,” Kelce said. “That’s the biggest story here. Not the Hurts is picked and there’s some sort of internal battle and struggle going on with Carson Wentz.”

The meeting, however, is nothing new under Pederson. He did the same thing almost one year ago, challenging team leaders to run a padded practice in December before a push to the playoffs.

In the NFC East, the Eagles aren’t yet eliminated from the postseason conversation. The New York Giants and Washington Football Team are atop the standings at 5-7. Philadelphia’s last two games are against the Cowboys and Washington, but likely playoff-bound New Orleans (10-2) and Arizona (6-6) are up first.

Wentz was benched Sunday in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-16 loss to Green Bay after completing just six of 15 pass attempts for 79 yards. Hurts, the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2019, was 5-of-12 passing for 109 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and one interception as his replacement.

Wentz, 27, is in the midst of the worst season of his five-year career. He leads the league in interceptions (15) and sacks (50), and is 31st in completion percentage (57.4).

Pederson said Wednesday that Wentz is frustrated but still has a chance to “be a great quarterback in this league.”

–Field Level Media