|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 4|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 222 lb.|
|Born:||August 7, 1998|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 2 (53)|
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wants to make Hurts' success the priority in 2021, rather than emphasizing competition at quarterback, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Analysis: Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News has a different take, hinting that the Eagles still aren't sure about their second-year QB. While Hurts currently sits atop the depth chart, Bowen and other Philadelphia beat writers have suggested the team could pick a QB on Day 1 or 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. This latest report from Mortensen doesn't seem concrete, but it does at least give us a hint about Lurie's thinking with the No. 6 overall pick.
Hurts is the Eagles' top QB after they traded Carson Wentz to Indianapolis, though the team could still draft another signal-caller, according to Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Analysis: Already owners of the sixth overall pick, the Eagles added a 2021 third-rounder and a conditional 2022 second-round pick in the Wentz trade. What they do next depends on their confidence in Hurts, who had eight total touchdowns -- but also three INTs and six fumbles -- over the final four weeks of 2020. The 22-year-old is a clear favorite for the Week 1 start at this point, but the Eagles still have time to add competition, or at least a high-end backup.
Hurts completed just seven of his 20 passing attempts for 72 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while adding 34 yards and two rushing touchdowns on eight carries before being benched in favor of Nate Sudfeld in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team.
Analysis: Hurts will finish his abbreviated time as a rookie starter with a 52 completion percentage, 1,061 passing yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions to go along with 354 rushing yards and three more scores on 63 carries over 15 games (three starts). Controversy has swirled around the 2020 second-round pick from the time he replaced Carson Wentz to his benching Sunday in a game where Washington clinched the sorry NFC East division with a 7-9 record. Fans of the New York Giants may be upset with the late change under center, but Hurts certainly performed poorly enough to warrant the benching. On the plus side, the mature first-year player provided a spark for the Eagles, and his ability as a runner kept opposing defenses on their heels while also providing valuable fantasy production. On the flip side, Hurts clearly has a long way to go in terms of his ability as a pocket passer, which was one of the knocks on him heading into last year's draft. The 22-year-old struggled when having to go past his initial read, and some inaccuracy issues are also present. He is still a rookie and has plenty of room to grow, and his added value as a runner will undoubtedly lead to some strong fantasy lines in the future.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Hurts will start in the Week 17 game against Washington, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Analysis: The Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys. Hurts will close out the season under center for the Eagles. Through three games as a starter, Hurts has completed 62 of 113 passes (54.9 percent) for 847 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, and he's added 238 yards and a score on the ground. His accuracy could improve, but Hurts has still recorded a respectable 7.7 yards per attempt this season, on par with Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.
Hurts completed 21 of 39 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions and added 69 rushing yards on nine carries in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: The rookie set a new career high in passing yards in his third NFL start, topping last week's 338, while once again posting strong numbers on the ground, but he also committed multiple turnovers for the first time as the Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention. Hurts will at least get a chance to play spoiler in Week 17 as Philadelphia hosts a Washington club that needs to win to lock up an NFC East title.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Hurts will start at Dallas in Week 16, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: The announcement doesn't come as any sort of surprise, given how spectacularly the rookie signal-caller has resurrected Philadelphia's offense in back-to-back starts. Hurts is coming fresh off a close loss to the Cardinals in which he went toe to toe with Kyler Murray, accounting for four total TDs while passing for 338 yards and rushing for another 63 yards. Given the playmaking abilities Hurts has displayed, both through the air and on the ground, he projects as a high-end fantasy option against the Cowboys' exploitable defense on Sunday.
Hurts completed 24 of 44 pass attempts for 338 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Cardinals. He also carried 11 times for 63 yards and a touchdown in the 33-26 loss.
Analysis: Hurts completed just 55 percent of his passes, but seven passes of more than 20 yards helped him pile up an impressive yardage total. He connected with Quez Watkins and Greg Ward (twice) for touchdowns in a big second quarter and later scored his first career rushing touchdown. On that note, Hurts made several plays with his legs and has now generated 169 rushing yards on 29 attempts over his first two starts. Despite his inaccuracy and three fumbles (none lost) on the day, Hurts enjoyed an excellent performance and will surely keep the job heading into next Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys.
Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Monday that Hurts will start Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurts was dynamic in Sunday's 24-21 upset win over the Saints, running for 106 yards while also avoiding mistakes through the air, with 67 passing yards and a touchdown. Considering the struggles Philadelphia's offense has endured with Carson Wentz under center this season, and how effective Hurts' skillset looked in his first NFL start, it doesn't come as any sort of surprise to see Pederson commit to the rookie for at least another week. As he's already showcased, Hurts' elite rushing abilities make him an intriguing option in most fantasy formats.
Hurts completed 17 of 30 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 18 times for 106 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Saints.
Analysis: The New Orleans defense hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 55 straight games, but both Hurts and Miles Sanders (115 yards and two TDs on 14 carries) reached that mark in the upset win. Hurts didn't exactly dazzle as a passer, but considering the quality of the opposition and the final result, it was a very successful first NFL start for the rookie. Eagles coach Doug Pederson hasn't yet committed to Hurts as his starter beyond this game, but it would be a shock if he weren't under center in a potential Week 15 track meet against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.
Head coach Doug Pederson plans to name Hurts the Eagles' new starting quarterback ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Philadelphia will pull the plug on incumbent Carson Wentz after he again presided over an unproductive offense in last week's 30-16 loss to Green Bay, which dropped the Eagles to 3-8-1 on the season. After Wentz was removed in the second half, Hurts at least provided some semblance of a spark, completing five of 12 attempts for 109 yards, a touchdown and an interception to go with 29 yards on five carries. While questions about Hurts' accuracy and arm strength remain, the elite rushing ability he offers from the quarterback spot at least makes him worthy of a speculative pickup in most leagues.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that he hasn't yet decided whether Hurts or Carson Wentz will start Sunday's upcoming game against the Saints, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Analysis: Hurts replaced Wentz in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay, and he managed the first passing TD of his young career while commanding the Eagles' final four drives. Pederson said Hurts provided "the spark that got us back in the football game," per Kristen Rodgers of FOX 29 Philadelphia, a likely allusion to the fact that he accounted for the Eagles' only offensive score of the day. Peterson said he'd make a decision at quarterback Wednesday, per Bowen, though it could also make sense to withhold that information and force the Saints' defense to prepare for both Wentz and Hurts.
Hurts replaced Carson Wentz at quarterback early in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Packers, completing five of 12 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He also gained 29 rushing yards on five carries.
Analysis: The Eagles produced only a field goal in the first two quarters, and after Wentz led them to another three-and-out to begin the second half, Hurts got the call. While he wasn't particularly efficient in the first extended action of his NFL career, he did toss a 32-yard TD to Greg Ward midway through the fourth quarter for Philly's only offensive touchdown of the day. It's not clear yet who Doug Pederson will name as his starting QB for Week 14, but whoever is under center will face a very tough test against the Saints.
While Carson Wentz is slated to start Monday night's game against the Seahawks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Hurts is expected to see increased playing time at QB in the contest.
Analysis: Rapoport adds that "unlike previous snaps, Wentz won't be on the field" when Hurts is out there. Meanwhile, ESPN's Tim McManus notes that Hurts has been seeing increased first-team reps at practice of late. Per Rapoport, that's expected to result in Hurts seeing his "most significant snaps yet," likely "two or three plays at a time," rather than entire series. That anticipated approach could of course be altered based on the flow of Monday's game, but at this stage it looks like the team plans to give Hurts added opportunities in Week 12 to provide the offense with a needed spark.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that getting Hurts involved on designed plays is "something we'll continue to explore" each week, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Analysis: Pederson also suggested that Hurts could handle packages out of the backfield if Miles Sanders (knee) is forced to miss any time. The rookie signal-caller provided Philadelphia's offense with a few much-needed sparks during Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Ravens, though his insertion into the lineup was only occasional. On three touches Sunday, Hurts totaled 26 yards, and he also served as an effective decoy during a 74-yard run by Sanders which resulted in a touchdown by J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
Hurts is listed as active Sunday against the Rams.
Analysis: Just one game removed from opening his pro career as a healthy scratch, Hurts will serve as the No. 2 quarterback to Carson Wentz, Chris McPherson of the Eagles' official site reports. The 2020 second-round pick will swap in for Nate Sudfeld, but it remains to be seen if Hurts will make any sort of impact or merely has surpassed Sudfeld for the backup gig.
Hurts (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Washington.
Analysis: A healthy scratch to begin his NFL career, the 2020 second-round pick will don street clothes while Nate Sudfeld serves as Carson Wentz's backup. Without an injury to the two quarterbacks in front of him, Hurts may be a regular inactive for the Eagles for the foreseeable future.
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