‘Whatever It Takes’: Eagles Reveal Plan for Jalen Hurts, QB Options

Jalen Hurts

Getty Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has been working behind the best offensive line in football during the 2021 campaign.

No one seems to believe that the Philadelphia Eagles are fully committed to Jalen Hurts. The organization has shouted support for the dual-threat quarterback from the highest mountaintop, after the season and prior to free agency. Hurts is the starter. There is no plan to replace him.

General manager Howie Roseman backed Hurts again when asked about the quarterback position on Monday at the NFL Annual Meetings in Florida. Nothing has changed since January: the Eagles have never “wavered from the level of commitment” in Hurts, according to Roseman. They might be scouting other quarterbacks, but the position of QB1 is filled.

“When we say he is our guy and he is our starter and we believe in him and we got to do whatever we can to help him and give him a chance to reach his potential, I don’t think that has changed one bit,” Roseman told reporters in West Palm Beach, via SportsRadio 94WIP. “If anything talking and hearing his plan to improve and the things he wants to do, this guy will explore any option to get better. He will do whatever it takes.”

While Philadelphia hasn’t done much to surround Hurts with talent at the skill positions, the front office clearly believes in the exciting young player who forced Carson Wentz to the bench. Hurts will begin his second season as the starter with the same offensive core that made a surprising playoff run in 2021. They’ll run it back with guys like DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, and Quez Watkins.

“So we believe those three guys, specifically the first two guys, they are going to require as their skillsets get better-and-better,” Roseman said, via SportsRadio 94WIP, “and as they get more comfortable in the offense, they are going to require more targets.”

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