Jalen Hurts: The New Man Behind Carson Wentz
While the coronavirus has froze the sports world, the Eagles having been turning up the heat with some new major players coming to the team. The Eagles have made some interesting decisions in regards to the NFL draft this year, most notably drafting QB Jalen Hurts. Drafting Hurts in the second round and the 53rd pick conjured mixed reactions from fans and led many to speculate what the decision would mean for franchise QB Carson Wentz. Wentz recently embraced this decision and showed his support for the newest addition to the team.
Jalen Hurts originally started his college football career at Alabama, then transferred to Oklahoma where he put out record stats. A runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last year, Hurts threw for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns, making him an attractive selection for the Eagles. While the fanbase as well as the franchise supports Wentz, he has unfortunately had a rocky run with staying healthy during his time as the Eagles QB. In 2017, Wentz tore his ACL, had a season-ending back injury in 2018, and suffered a concussion due to a bad hit from Jadeveon Clowney last season. Keeping Wentz healthy is always a priority, but having a reliable backup is important due to his history of injuries.
Upon hearing the news of Hurts being drafted, Wentz tweeted:
Additionally, when discussing the upcoming season and the future of the team, Wentz said, “Whatever that takes and whatever that looks like, I’m on board. I’m a competitor. I want to be out there. I want to have the ball in my hands; we all do. But at the same time, whatever is going to help us win, I’m confident the coaches and everyone is going to put us in the best situation.”
Hurts himself is pumped up to be with the Eagles, as well as try some of Philly’s finest cheesesteaks, he noted in a video on Twitter:
With the spread of the coronavirus, none of us are sure when the sports world will be back to normal, but one thing is for sure, there is a lot to be excited about!