Former Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts has been named the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles for this weekend against the New Orleans Saints, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hurts played 33 snaps over the first 11 games, but finally got his big break this past weekend. He came off the bench in Sunday’s loss to the Packers and was an improvement over Wentz. Hurts finished 5-of-12 for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception while also racking up five carries for 29 yards. Wentz went 6-of-15 for 79 yards and was sacked four times.
“We’re not where we want to be as an offense,” Head coach Doug Pederson said, according to the team’s website. “I looked at the whole thing and decided that for this week to look for that spark again to try to get the team over the hump, to try to get everybody playing better.”
Hurts was a surprising selection in the second round for the Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft, as it came less than a year after the franchise gave Wentz a contract worth over $100 million.
Hurts transferred to Oklahoma from Alabama and in his one season in Norman racked up 52 touchdowns, 32 passing and 20 rushing, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Joe Burrow.
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