Despite the initial criticism, the Philadelphia Eagles have a plan for Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts was the No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in the second round. Hurts helped lead both Alabama and Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. In 2019, he rushed for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns on top of 3,851 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.
Carson Wentz is just 27-years old and entering his prime. Many thought that the Eagles would draft a player that can help contribute towards another Super Bowl. Instead, the Eagles plan to use Hurts as a weapon on offense.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Eagles “will use Hurts on the field.”
“Just in talking to one Eagles source, he said ‘This guy might be able to contribute as a straight running back. That’s how good we think he is. That’s what we think of his skill set,’” said Garofolo, via Bleeding Green Nation.com.
This comes as expected as ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi believes the Eagles could use Hurts like New Orleans’ quarterback Taysom Hill.
“Jalen Hurts is a talented player and can be in the Taysom Hill mode but this team has so many other needs,” posted Negandhi.”
The comparison to Taysom Hill is interesting, but we have never seen Hurts do anything like that in college. Hurts rushed for over 1,000 yards last season, so there’s a chance to think he could be developed into a wide receiver.
However, former NFL receiver Torey Smith is having none of that talk.
“Stop saying Jalen Hurts is Taysom Hill,” said Smith on Twitter. “He is a true QB. No disrespect.”
According to Spotrac, the rookie deal for Hurts will be worth just over $6 million. He can receive a $1.94 million signing bonus, which will count for just under $1.1 million against the salary cap.