Jalen Hurts to see more playing time Monday Night
Carson Wentz is expected to start for the Eagles Monday night when the Seattle Seahawks come to South Philly. However, recent reports suggest that Jalen Hurts will get more playing time on the national Monday Night Football stage. According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Hurts received first-team reps in practice this week.
With Wentz currently working through his worst season in the NFL, it makes sense that our second round draft pick Jalen Hurts would start to see more playing time behind center. It’s almost a no-brainer and I’m more concerned that it took Doug Pederson 12 weeks to figure that out.
We all know what we wanted to see from Hurts and the Eagles offense this year but to date, we haven’t gotten it. Saints QB Taysom Hill has been used all over the field and got the start and win for an injured Drew Brees last week. We all know that Hurts should be used more often. Instead, he only played one snap last week against the Cleveland Browns. The most snaps he ever played in a game was seven against the Baltimore Ravens.
Doug Pederson was asked yesterday if Hurts has received more first-team reps this week and the possibility of Hurts taking a series or two at QB.
“As far as the plays and the snaps, I mean, he hasn’t gotten any more than he would get throughout the course of the week normally since we’ve been playing him,” Pederson said. “I’m not going to reveal any game plan plans with him at this time.”
The media and Wentz haters will love to use this news as an opportunity to bash Carson Wentz and call for him to be benched. There’s much more to it. The Eagles can and should be using both quarterbacks.
Hopefully Monday night will bring us the hybrid QB sets we have all hoped for since last April when we drafted Jalen Hurts 53rd overall in the NFL Draft.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer