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

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.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts returns to Eagles practice following illness

In the era of COVID-19 and its potential for season-changing impact due to forfeitures, certain eyebrows were raised when the Philadelphia Eagles scratched quarterback Jalen Hurts for a vague illness prior to their preseason game against the New England Patriots late last week.

But concerns over the Eagles losing their starting quarterback for any length of time were put to rest Sunday after Hurts was cleared to return to practice and participated fully.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said that Hurts also participated in a walk through Saturday that was closed to media.

Sirianni chalked up Hurts’ absence to abdominal pain and recovery, saying the second-year player was “just resting his body, as you would with any illness, and getting himself back.”

Hurts, 23, played in 15 games as a rookie, starting four. He completed 77 of 148 passes for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions, adding 354 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

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

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (illness) out vs. Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts has an illness and is not playing in Thursday night’s preseason game against the New England Patriots.

Joe Flacco started for the Eagles.

Hurts started feeling unwell Thursday afternoon. The team says it’s not COVID-related. Hurts was on the field for pre-game warmups.

He wasn’t expected to play much against the Pats.

Hurts finished 3-for-7 passing for 54 yards in the Eagles’ first preseason game against Pittsburgh.

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Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) in action against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles coach doesn’t name Jalen Hurts starting QB

Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni refused to name Jalen Hurts the starting quarterback Wednesday, instead reiterating his intention to hold an open competition.

Sirianni’s comments come on the heels of a report last month that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had instructed the coaching staff to make sure Hurts was ready to assume the starting role when the 2021 season opens. Lurie was against bringing in other QBs for an open competition, per the report.

“To name a starter at this particular time … we’ve been working with these guys for two days,” Sirianni said Wednesday.

The Eagles dealt Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in February for a third-round pick this year and a conditional second-round pick in 2022.

The Eagles selected Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to back up Wentz. But when Wentz was ineffective in a Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Hurts replaced him and started the remaining four games of the season, going 1-3 in the role. On the season, Hurts completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Sirianni also said Wednesday that he and his assistant coaches have been playing rock, paper, scissors and “Jeopardy!” with draft prospects to gauge their competitiveness.

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Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts before a game against the Washington Football Team at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

What’s in a number? Eagles QB Jalen Hurts to wear No. 1

Jalen Hurts’ new jersey number will reflect his status on the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback depth chart.

The Eagles announced Friday that Hurts will wear No. 1 as opposed to the No. 2 jersey he wore after being selected by Philadelphia with a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

For the record, Hurts wore No. 1 while with Oklahoma and No. 2 while playing at Alabama.

Punter Cameron Johnston wore the No. 1 jersey with the Eagles last season, however he signed with the Houston Texans last month.

In addition, backup quarterback Joe Flacco will wear No. 7 with the Eagles in 2021. Flacco previously has worn No. 5 during his career with the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and New York Jets, however No. 5 has been retired by the Eagles with respect to former quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) in action against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles owner wants Jalen Hurts to start in 2021

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has instructed the team and new coach Nick Sirianni to make sure Jalen Hurts is ready to be the starting quarterback in 2021, ESPN reported Monday.

Lurie wants the team to build the quarterback room around Hurts rather than bring in QBs for an open competition, per the report.

Hurts will be the only quarterback under contract once Carson Wentz is officially moved to Indianapolis at the start of the league new year, March 17. The Eagles agreed to deal Wentz to the Colts last month for a third-round pick this year and a conditional second-round pick in 2022.

“I think it was just an opportunity for me,” Hurts told ESPN on Monday, his first public comments about the Wentz trade. “I think it shows the trust and what they think I can be as a player, so I wanna prove them right.”

The Eagles selected Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to back up Wentz. But when Wentz was ineffective in a Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Hurts replaced him and started the remaining four games of the season, going 1-3 in the role. On the season, Hurts completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

He also scored three rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles have the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft. They finished last season with a 4-11-1 record.

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Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni implies that Eagles QB job will be open competition

New Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni hinted Monday that the quarterback job will be an open competition between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts.

During an interview on SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia, Sirianni said “yeah” when asked directly if Hurts and Wentz would compete for the job.

“Everybody in this situation competition — players, coaches, every position,” Sirianni said on the show.

Sirianni didn’t stop there.

“A core value is competition,” Sirianni said. “That’s competition everywhere. Everybody is going to compete. I am going to compete with [offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] on things. We’re going to compete in the building with coaches. Competition is the core value that we’re going to use for every single position that we have here with the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Sirianni is already taking hits for his introductory press conference Friday. On that day, he said he “can’t answer” if Wentz would be back with the team and said the thought “hasn’t even crossed my mind” regarding naming a starter at QB.

A Philadelphia Inquirer column that ran Sunday started with this line: “The Eagles fired Gomer Pyle so they could hire Barney Fife.” Later, it called Sirianni “Pinocchio” for saying he hadn’t thought about the QB situation yet. “It sounds even dumber than it sounds false,” wrote Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes.

Wentz, who was benched in favor of Hurts for the final four games of the 2020 season, completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

“We’ve watched a little bit of tape to this point now,” Sirianni said Monday. “So we’re into that process of evaluating those players and I think we have really good talent evaluators.”

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Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni evaluating Eagles’ roster, including ‘top-notch’ QBs

Nick Sirianni has focused on the offensive side of the ball during his NFL coaching career, however he appeared to find himself on the defensive after being introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach on Friday.

Sirianni was asked about the status of quarterback Carson Wentz numerous times. When asked directly if Wentz would return to the Eagles for the 2021 season, Sirianni said: “I can’t answer that. Again, evaluating everything.”

The 39-year-old Sirianni also was asked if there was a timeline for when a starting quarterback would be named, whether it be Wentz or Jalen Hurts.

“Haven’t really thought about that yet, naming a starter. That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” he said. “Just trying to evaluate the players on our team and get our staff together.”

Wentz, who was benched in favor of Hurts for the final four games of the 2020 season, completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

Sirianni, who labeled Wentz and Hurts as “top-notch” quarterbacks, spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts posted an 11-5 regular-season mark under his watch in 2020, with the offense ranking ninth in scoring (28.2 points) and 10th in total offense (11th in passing, 11th in rushing).

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson earlier this month after a five-year run that included a 42-37-1 record and Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl championship. Since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, however, the Eagles are 22-25-1, including 4-11-1 in 2020.

Philadelphia’s offense ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (334.6), 26th in scoring (20.9 points) and 28th in passing yards (207.9).

–Field Level Media