Report: Eagles remain interested in Deshaun Watson despite allegations
Upon conclusion of the first day of training camp, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni stated that he has no timeframe on when he intends to name a starting quarterback.
GM Howie Roseman also gave his input, saying that he wants presumptive starter Jalen Hurts to “take the reins” at the position:
“He’s done everything possible off the field and during the spring practices to take the reins, and we want to see him do that,” Roseman said. “This is a big year for any player that goes from year one to year two. So we’re excited to see that, see his growth, and working with the ones.”
Hurts has never been one to shy away from competition, and he’s made it clear that he isn’t about to start today:
“The rent is due every day,” Hurts said. “I truly mean that, and I have that mentality. For a guy like me, I hold myself accountable to go out there and play at a high level every time I touch the field. There’s not going to be anybody that holds Jalen to a higher standard than Jalen.”
With this in mind, the Eagles are still keeping an eye on Deshaun Watson and are willing to pull the trigger should a trade make sense, per The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.
This isn’t the first time the Eagles have been connected to Houston’s franchise QB. But, with 22 active civil lawsuits of sexual misconduct and no resolution in sight, I can’t fathom why the Eagles would give up assets for a player that could potentially not see the field in 2021.
The Eagles would need to start with 3 first-round picks to have a shot at Watson, per ESPN. When asked about being the subject of potential trade talks, Jalen Hurts stated that he doesn’t let the chatter affect him:
“What chatter? There’s a lot of chatter that goes on,” Hurts said. “I’m above it all. I control what I can. I’m here. That’s what I’m doing, going out there and being the quarterback for this team.”
That display of poise and leadership is what you want to see from the potential face of your franchise. Let’s hope the Eagles give him a chance to lead the team in 2021.
Just a reminder: the Eagles don’t need a Deshaun Watson headache. ⤵️ https://t.co/lKUgjHCqVY— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) July 26, 2021
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