‘Noticeable Increase’ in Jalen Hurts First Team Reps With Eagles

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Carson Wentz has had obvious struggles this season, and it’s begged the question: Why select Jalen Hurts in the second round if there are no plans to see what he can do? While Doug Pederson has remained adamant that Wentz is the Eagles’ starter, Tim McManus of ESPN reports that Hurts has had a “noticeable” increase in first team reps with Philadelphia:

Ian Rapoport adds that Hurts is expected to get “increased snaps” at quarterback without Carson Wentz on the field, but that it’s “unlikely” Hurts will get an entire series against the Seahawks on Monday night.

The idea of platooning Wentz and Hurts — without Hurts getting entire series — is pretty bizarre. In an ordinary season, the Eagles would be out of it at 3-6-1, but they’re only a half-game behind Washington for first place in the NFC East.

Nonetheless, a story like this is never a good sign for the incumbent starting quarterback, so it’s starting to feel like a matter of when and not if Wentz no longer has a stranglehold on the position.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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