There was little doubt about who would be under center for the Philadelphia Eagles when the team took the field in Week 1, but now the news is official: Jalen Hurts has won the Eagles starting quarterback job.
First-year head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed the decision officially on Tuesday afternoon, per multiple reporters on hand at the team’s press conference. When asked if he was prepared to name a starting quarterback, Sirianni answered bluntly.
“Nobody else got reps with the ones. … Jalen’s our starter,” the Eagles head coach said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The simple statement puts to bed any lingering questions that the quarterback competition was still open in Philadelphia. Hurts will take the field with the team’s other starters while former Super Bow MVP Joe Flacco and recently acquired, former Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew back him up.
Not that there was any doubt, but Eagles’ HC Nick Sirianni officially named Jalen Hurts today as Philadelphia’s starting QB.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2021
#Eagles HC Nick Sirianni when asked if he's prepared to name Jalen Hurts his starting QB: "Nobody else got reps with the ones. … Jalen's our starter."
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 31, 2021
Hurts now has the public vote of confidence from his head coach and will want to use that as fuel once the 2021 season gets underway in less than two weeks. The Eagles don’t have major expectations for team success, but are expecting a major leap from their second-year quarterback.
Hurts took over the starting gig in Philadelphia amidst Carson Wentz’s struggles in 2020 and immediately gave a boost to an otherwise lethargic offense. Although he started just four games, and went 1-3 in those contests, he showed flashes of being a future franchise quarterback.
The former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback finished his rookie year having completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. His dual-threat ability also impressed fans and analysts as he took 63 carries for 354 yards and three touchdowns over the course of the year.
With some experience under his belt, Hurts will now get the opportunity to be the team’s clear No. 1 quarterback. Time will tell if he can prove that he’s worthy of the title.