The Philadelphia Eagles took a tremendous amount of heat for drafting Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Eagles already have Carson Wentz established as the starter and there was little reason to think Hurts would play any QB in 2020, unless Wentz went down with an injury.
Head coach Doug Pederson said after drafting Hurts that the team intends to use him a variety of different ways.
NFL insider Mike Garafolo added that Hurts will indeed see the field in 2020 and could be used as a running back instead of a quarterback.
“And, really, I do think the fact that they’re going to utilize him right now … I know we’re talking about Taysom Hill but Jalen Hurts will be in his own, unique role. He WILL be on the field this upcoming season and, the Eagles hope, for the next four years as a guy who can contribute to the offense other than a quarterback. They’re hopeful they won’t need him as a quarterback because they means Carson Wentz is healthy and on the field.”
“And just in talking to one Eagles source, he said ‘This guy might be able to contribute as a straight running back. That’s how good we think he is. That’s what we think of his skill set.’
“So, it’s going to be really interesting to watch how they utilize Hurts and Howie Roseman telling me that ‘I stand by this man.’ They believe that much in him. And also Carson Wentz. I mean, that’s the biggest key. Knowing that your quarterback is going to be able to handle the fact that Jalen Hurts, a guy with a skill set like that, is going to be there contributing. In a city like that. backup quarterback’s always popular. Jalen Hurts could be pretty popular, too, trust me.”
Head coach Doug Pederson said after drafting Hurts that the team intends to use him a variety of different ways. NFL insider Mike Garafolo added that Hurts will indeed see the field in 2020 and could be used as a running back instead of a quarterback.
Throughout his college career, Hurts racked up 3,274 yards and 43 touchdowns with a 5.6 yards per carry average. He’s not a small guy as he stands 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, so he certainly has the power needed to run up the middle if needed.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.