• Brian L. Barefield

Philly's Plan For Jalen Hurts Could Backfire

In the land of, “I can’t make these things up.” And I truly mean that I cannot make this up. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson must not realize that as we are quarantined due to the coronavirus pandemic that we have time to analyze everything.

On Friday, the Eagles drafted former Heisman Trophy finalist Jalen Hurts in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. While most envisions Hurts as the backup to starter Carson Wentz, Pederson has a different outlook on the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback.

“Jalen Hurts is a good quarterback and he was drafted as a quarterback first,” Pederson said. “But he has a unique skill set. He’s a great runner, he throws well on the run, he’s got a unique set of skills that we’re going to take a look at. You see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans?”

Hill plays multiple offensive positions for the Saints and has a regular spot on special teams as well. Is that what Pederson has in mind for a quarterback who threw for over 9,000 yards in his career (1 year with OU, 3 with Alabama). Maybe you want to put him in the slot position and let him run routes, but that will be a waste since he only has 40 yards receiving on five catches in four years.

Hurts was asked about the possibility of changing positions at the Senior Bowl earlier this year.

“I’ve always been a team first guy, but I’m a quarterback,” Hurts responded.

If Pederson is smart, he will keep him at his natural position.

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