Jalen Hurts shines in second NFL start but Eagles lose to Cardinals



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Jalen Hurts shines in second NFL start but Eagles lose to Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes that Carson Wentz will continue to help rookie Jalen Hurts and Eagles offense despite being frustrated over his benching. Wentz, who was pulled out for Hurts two weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers, has lost his role as the team's starting quarterback and sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Wentz isn't interested in being the rookie's backup.

On Sunday -- the same day it was reported that Wentz would ask for a trade if Hurts remained the starter going forward -- Hurts went 24-of-44 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 33-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

"Carson has done everything we've asked him to do. He's a pro. He's engaging. He's helping Jalen," coach Pederson said, per ESPN. "I get it, and I understand it's a frustrating situation for him, but at the same time, I see him helping Jalen and helping our offense."

Hurts chases wins, not records

"I could care less to hear any of the young stuff, second-start stuff, rookie stuff. We have a standard we want to play to," Hurts said. "I personally have a standard I want to play to, and we've just got to find a way to get it done."

Hurts failed to lead the Eagles to win but he performed extremely well in his second start. "I thought he had great poise out there, great leadership, played obviously physically tough, mentally tough," said Pederson, who said he will likely announce a starter for next week's game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, though there's little doubt that it will be Hurts.

"He's doing a good job. I would say there's still room to grow, obviously. Just learning the details of our game, he can get better there, but he gave us an opportunity to win today." After being benched against the Packers two weeks ago, Wentz admitted he was frustrated.

"I didn't know what the plan was fully. I was just told he was going in for the next play and the next series," Wentz said. "So I didn't really know what was going on there. Obviously, that's frustrating as a competitor and just the personality that I have, I want to be the guy out there.

But it is what it is. They made the call today. At the end of the day we lost, as a team we lost, and that's what I think for me I'm most frustrated about. I don't like where we're at this season recordwise and I know I can play better and we can all be better going forward."