Sep 25, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) scores a touchdown over Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) before the game between the Washington Commanders and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts helps Eagles blow past Commanders

Jalen Hurts threw for 340 yards and tossed three second-quarter touchdowns while the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense battered Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz for six first-half sacks in a 24-8 win Sunday in Landover, Md.

Hurts completed 22 of 35 passes without an interception as Philadelphia (3-0) remained unbeaten and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The 2-0 New York Giants host Dallas on Monday night.

Wentz, the former Eagles’ quarterback now playing for his third team in as many years, hit 25 of 43 passes for 211 yards. Washington got to the 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but Wentz’s fourth-and-goal completion to Logan Thomas was stopped for no gain.

The Commanders (1-2) avoided a shutout on the next play when Daron Payne tackled Boston Scott in the end zone for a safety. But the game was decided long before then, thanks to Philadelphia’s explosive second quarter.

Philadelphia finished with nine sacks with Brandon Graham (2.5) leading the way.

Jake Elliott converted a 32-yard field goal seven seconds into the period to start the outburst. Two plays after Graham strip-sacked Wentz and Javon Hargrave recovered, Hurts hooked up with Dallas Goedert over the middle for a 23-yard touchdown pass that made it 10-0 with 13:18 left in the half.

The Eagles took advantage of good field position for their next touchdown. Taking over at their 36, they needed just six plays to cover 64 yards. Hurts hit A.J. Brown from the 9 with 2:56 remaining for a 17-0 advantage.

Philadelphia essentially put the game away with a classic two-minute drill on its last possession of the half. Hurts’ 44-yard connection with DeVonta Smith got the Eagles to the 1 and on fourth-and-goal, the duo connected for a 2-yard score to end the half and make it 24-0.

Smith finished the day with career bests of eight catches and 169 yards, giving him 249 in the last two games after being shut out in a Week 1 win in Detroit.

Antonio Gibson scored on a 1-yard run with 1:55 left for Washington.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores on a 26-yard touchdown run against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) and safety Camryn Bynum (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? Eagles’ Jalen Hurts pushing Allen, Mahomes in MVP odds

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles are creating waves in NFL futures betting markets.

Hurts scored a pair of rushing TDs and tossed one in a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings Monday night that has the Eagles at 2-0 to start the season.

Hurts continues to see his MVP odds hiked and he’s third behind favorite Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at multiple sportsbooks.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Hurts at +800, Mahomes +450 and Allen +300. FanDuel has Hurts +1000, Mahomes +460 and Allen +340. DraftKings goes Hurts (+800), Mahomes (+500) and Allen (+350).

Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers is fourth at all three books and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens No. 5.

A different QB is listed No. 6 at all three books: Aaron Rodgers (+1700, FanDuel), Tua Tagovailoa (+1800, Caesars) and Russell Wilson (+2000, DraftKings).

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is the first non-QB listed in MVP futures at FanDuel (+7500) and DraftKings (+6500), but Caesars has Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson and Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor even at +6000.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to pass the ball in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles GM on Jalen Hurts: ‘He’s our starter, we believe in him’

Philadelphia Eagles general manager and executive VP Howie Roseman affirmed the organization’s belief in quarterback Jalen Hurts on Monday at the NFL annual meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.

Philadelphia was said to be interested in engineering a trade for Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson, both of whom were dealt to other teams this month. But publicly, the Eagles have continued to back Hurts, who took over as their full-time starter in 2021.

“I don’t know that we ever wavered from the level of commitment that we’ve had in Jalen,” Roseman told reporters. “I think when we say he’s our guy, he’s our starter and we believe in him, and we got to do whatever we can to help him and give him a chance to reach his potential. I don’t think that’s changed one bit.

“If anything, talking and just hearing his plan to improve and things he wants to do, this guy looks for every option to get better and do whatever it takes.”

The second-round draft pick in 2020 supplanted Carson Wentz by the end of his rookie season, making four starts after Wentz had fallen out of favor with the team.

In 2021 Hurts started 15 games, missing one with an ankle injury and resting in Week 18. By then he had guided the Eagles to a wild-card berth, having finished the regular season with 3,144 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions on a 61.3 percent completion rate.

Hurts tossed two picks in his playoff debut, a 31-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback, a 2017 national champion, also ran for 784 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws against the Giants in the second half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew II split Eagles’ reps

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is apparently making progress from a sprained left ankle but during Wednesday’s walkthrough he still split the first-team practice reps with Gardner Minshew II.

Hurts was injured on Nov. 28 and missed the following game against the New York Jets before the Eagles’ bye last week. But whether he will be healthy for this Sunday’s game crucial contest against the Washington Football Team is uncertain.

The Eagles and Washington are both 6-7 entering Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni said of the splitting of the reps. “You want to make sure that you’re covered if one guy can’t play. So that’s it.”

The Eagles listed Hurts as a limited participant on Wednesday.

Minshew was impressive during his Week 13 start against the Jets as he completed 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-18 triumph.

Hurts started Philadelphia’s first 12 games and has passed for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has 695 yards and eight scores on the ground.

“It’s been a day-by-day thing,” Hurts said of his ankle. “Coming in here every day, doing everything in my power to make myself available for my team. That’s been my mindset, that’s still my mindset. Trying to be available for the team.”

Running back Miles Sanders (ankle) was a limited participant. Sanders had a season-high 120 yards against the Jets and has 578 for the season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) following the win over the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Gardner Minshew II to start against Jets

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II will make his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the host New York Jets.

Starter Jalen Hurts had been listed as questionable all week due to an ankle injury sustained when he got stepped on in the second half of last week’s loss to the New York Giants. The Eagles moved him to the inactive list Sunday.

Minshew handled most of the first-team reps in practice this week. He has played in only one game this season, completing both pass attempts for 11 yards in Philadelphia’s 44-6 win at Detroit in Week 8.

The Eagles acquired Minshew in an offseason trade with Jacksonville after the Jaguars used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft on quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Minshew, 25, was 7-13 as a starter with the Jaguars from 2019-20, completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Hurts, 23, has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,435 yards in 12 starts this season. He has 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He has rushed for 695 yards with eight touchdowns.

The Eagles (5-7) are 11-0 all-time against the Jets (3-8).

In addition to Hurts, running back Jordan Howard, defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu and defensive backs Kary Vincent Jr., Tay Gowan and Mac McCain are inactive for the Eagles.

For the Jets, wide receiver Corey Davis returns after missing last week’s 21-14 win against the Texans with a groin injury. Davis has 32 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns in eight games this season.

Inactive for New York are tight end Trevon Wesco, running back La’Mical Perine, offensive lineman Isaiah Williams, defensive backs Jarrod Wilson and Rachad Wildgoose, and defensive linemen Tim Ward and Sheldon Rankins.

–Field Level Media

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