When the Eagles decided to go on from Carson Wentz previously this offseason, many considered that had extra to do with their emotions about the previous No. 2 over-all choose than it did about the male who replaced him less than centre to end the time — the exact guy they drafted with the 53rd overall decide on in 2020 even with acquiring just resigned Wentz to a monster agreement. In other text, the trade was more about moving on from Wentz than it was about providing Jalen Hurts his shot.
But when they resolved to trade back from sixth to 12th general, lots of thought that was a clearer indicator that the crew had enough faith in Hurts to at minimum give him 1 season as the team’s starter. Following all, at 6 there was however a probability a prime QB could tumble to the Eagles — or with double-digit draft picks this calendar year and likely various to start with-rounders in 2022, the group would have the ammunition to go up and get their person if they certainly required, not not like what they did with Wentz back again in 2016.
But with the go again, it appeared the staff was committing to Hurts in the short-term, in particular immediately after singing Joe Flacco — he is coming off a terrible 2020 campaign and actually isn’t a menace to Hurts at this place in his profession — relatively than a better backup possibility who would supply additional levels of competition than mentorship for the next-12 months QB.
And ultimately, there was the most significant indicator of all that this was Hurts’ group: when he literally adjusted his number from 2 to 1. (No, that isn’t going to truly mean anything at all in practice but the symbolism there is just way too considerably to disregard.)
But according to the hottest report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Eagles could possibly not be accomplished shifting in the draft — and they may not be completed incorporating quarterbacks both. Here’s additional from Fowler’s visual appeal on SportsCenter on Sunday early morning…
“Just one GM explained to me that he expects the Eagles to at minimum field some phone calls, probably shift up or down. Which is just the way that GM Howie Roseman rolls he likes to move when he can. Now, they need to have cornerback assist as nicely. You appear at the quarterbacks. If Trey Lance slides, if Justin Fields slides and the Eagles have a large grade on them, they could make that go. They have previously moved back again once, possibly they transfer up if they want to get the right guy.
“Folks I have talked to think the Eagles could go quarterback somewhere in this draft just to possibly get coverage for Jalen Hurts or opposition for Jalen Hurts. Even so, the Eagles commonly like to go major bodies in the to start with spherical with offensive lineman, maybe they perform it secure there.” [via bleacherreport.com]
So, what did Fowler genuinely say there?
For starters, he expects Roseman to subject some phone calls about trading, both up or down, in the initially spherical of the draft. Which is not all that stunning, and “fielding calls” is a pretty passive phrase, rarely mounting to the amount of the Eagles actively on the lookout to convey in competitors for Hurts. But then he quickly mentions quarterbacks anticipated to go in the top rated fifty percent of the initial spherical like Lance and Fields, suggesting that the Eagles could transfer up a few places if one particular of all those guys falls. And drafting either of them — or any other quarterback in the initial round — would mean an immediate QB competitiveness in Philadelphia. After all, while Hurts may have extra expertise than both participant, the Eagles would be investing up to get them, investing added draft funds to do so, and that would most likely give them the edge over Hurts in a battle easy for the reason that of what the team would be investing to trade up.
Just a handful of times in the past, our very own Jimmy Kempski took a appear at all the Eagles’ possibilities when it will come to buying and selling up, investing again or remaining set at No. 12, and arrived absent with the perception that sticking with the 12th decide on would possible be their very best choice. BUT, if 1 of the top rated QBs have been to slide, possibly since a QB-needy crew simply turns into far too infatuated with anyone like Kyle Pitts or Ja’Marr Chase, then the Eagles could likely seize that opportunity.
There was a considering the fact that-deleted report the Eagles genuinely required BYU QB Zach Wilson, but with the Jets’ trading absent Sam Darnold, that’s basically confirmed to be out of the concern as they’re expected to get Wilson with the next select. However, a single of these other guys — like Lance, Fields or even Mac Jones — could tempt the Eagles just plenty of. Simply because, let us be truthful, in between that report about Wilson, the team’s regularly documented curiosity in Deshaun Watson, and even stories they could make a enjoy for Russell Wilson, it stands to motive that the Eagles aren’t 100% offered on Hurts. At least not however.
(It also can make perception why that Zach Wilson report suddenly disappeared. As soon as the Eagles understood they experienced no chance of landing him, the final matter they needed was for that to get out and trigger Hurts to experience slighted, in scenario they will not just take one more QB and come to a decision to roll with Hurts as the starter in 2021).
All of that provides us to the second section of the Fowler’s report, which further solidifies the simple fact that the Eagles aren’t thoroughly snug with Hurts as the starter. In addition to the stuff on Lance and Fields, the ESPN insider also talked about that the Eagles could be on the lookout to increase a QB “someplace in this draft.” The reasoning? To convey in competition or insurance for Hurts, neither of which seems like a thing you would do if you felt you experienced your franchise quarterback.
Could that mean drafting a potential project in the afterwards rounds? Positive. Could it suggest a male they assume has been flying under the radar? Definitely. But the one particular point it certainly signifies is that they prepare on using one of their picks — all of which they’re going to want to use to fill any selection of holes up and down the roster — on a quarterback one particular yr just after drafting a single in the 2nd spherical when they could have greater utilized that select at almost any other situation. But when Hurts fell to them, Roseman and Co. felt compelled to consider him somewhat than letting him to tumble even further. Could they discover by themselves in a related place this 12 months? It can be starting to glance that way.
Naturally right after just four begins in the NFL, it’s far much too early to give up on Hurts, especially right after he confirmed some flashes in his rookie season when playing on an unquestionably dumpster hearth of an offense. His weapons were being drastically limited, his offensive line was in shambles, and he was obtaining his very first taste of NFL football. Could it have been superior? Absolutely sure. Could it have been considerably worse? Provided the instances, you wager.
The Eagles have mentioned this offseason that they are likely to have competitors at each placement. That presumably features at quarterback. But there was also a report that owner Jeffrey Lurie would like to construct all over Hurts, which would indicate a competition is unwanted. The 1 detail we do know is that correct now, Hurts and Flacco are the only two quarterbacks on Philly’s roster, which signifies they are going to need to have to increase at least a person (and possibly additional) in advance of camp comes.
Will that be a first-round select? A further, even lesser absolutely free agent? Or most likely a late-round undertaking they can function in the history when permitting Hurts get a comprehensive NFL season underneath his belt? A few weeks from now, we are going to know a ton additional…
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