Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has announced that rookie Jalen Hurts will replace Carson Wentz in the starting lineup and start at the quarterback position this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Wentz, who was taken at No.
2 by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL draft, has had a rough season and the Eagles have decided to switch to Hurts, hoping the change of quarterback will spark their struggling offense.
This past Sunday, the Eagles scored two quick touchdowns after Wentz was pulled out for Hurts and Philadelphia reduced the deficit to 23-16.
But the Eagles' comeback was cut short after Aaron Jones scored a touchdown to seal a 30-16 win. "We're not where we want to be as an offense," Pederson said, per the team's website. "I looked at the whole thing and decided that for this week to look for that spark again to try to get the team over the hump, to try to get everybody playing better."
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It has been a rough season for Wentz, who leads the league in interceptions thrown this year. Wentz has thrown 16 touchdown passes against 15 interceptions. "Carson is like all of us right now, he's disappointed.
He's frustrated," Pederson said. "He's been a professional through it all. He supports his teammates and that's what you want to see from him, the leader of the team. I know sometimes the quarterback gets a lot of the blame like the head coach does.
It's the good with the bad. It's not about Carson Wentz. It's not about one person. We know we have issues on offense and it has been a struggle for us all season. That's where the frustration lies a little bit, but he's been a pro and would expect nothing less."
In his short time on the field against the Packers, Hurts went 5-of-12 for 109 yards, one touchdown and one interception. "Any experience and any opportunity to touch the field, it only kind of raises the value of that player.
It's kind of has been that way all year, and today Coach gave me that opportunity," Hurts said after the game. "With all my heart, I had every intention of coming in and getting it done and winning the game, but we came up short, and that only lights a fire in everybody moving forward."