Eagles see Jalen Hurts as more than a gimmick
Doug Pederson says they will explore the kind of things Taysom Hill is doing with Drew Brees and will try to develop Jalen Hurts unique skillset this offseason pic.twitter.com/xJgxkMvCfi
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 25, 2020
The Philadelphia Eagles stunned everyone when they used the 53rd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to select Jalen Hurts out of Oklahoma.
The surprising pick prompted many to wonder if the Eagles see Hurts as a Taysom Hill-type gadget player. After all, Carson Wentz landed a monster contract extension recently and is widely considered to be one of the NFL’s most promising young stars.
Responding to all that on Saturday morning, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report made it clear that “the Eagles don’t see Jalen Hurts as a gadget QB.” He noted that Hurts might end up being used in that capacity early on, but finished by writing “they see him as a potential star QB who can step in for Wentz if/when he goes down.”
Just to be clear: the Eagles don't see Jalen Hurts as a gadget QB. They may use him that way initially but they see him as a potential star QB who can step in for Wentz if/when he goes down.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) April 25, 2020
To Freeman’s point, Wentz already has a history of injuries in the NFL, so it makes sense to bring in a talented young rookie — just in case.
This meshes well with what Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said of Hurts on Friday night. He did note that Hurts has the type of skill set to do some of the same things Hill does for New Orleans but stressed his skill as a pure passer.
During his collegiate playing days at Alabama and Oklahoma, Hurts proved he is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback who can make big plays in the passing game. In four seasons, he passed for 9,477 yards (averaging 9.1 yards per attempt) with 80 touchdowns and just 20 interceptions.