Jalen Hurts will open the season as the Eagles starting quarterback, and he has the chance to be a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this year in all leagues. He took over as a rookie last season for Carson Wentz, and Hurts played well enough that Philadelphia decided to trade Wentz this offseason to Indianapolis. Hurts scored 20, 43 and 19 Fantasy points in his first three starts against New Orleans, Arizona and Dallas, and he was on pace for 4,517 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as well as 1,269 rushing yards and five touchdowns over 16 games. We love Hurts' rushing ability, and hopefully he can improve as a passer (he completed just 52 percent in 2020), especially with the addition of rookie receiver DeVonta Smith. Hurts is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in one-quarterback leagues and a second- or third-round selection in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
Hurts was reunited with former Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith after the Eagles selected the wide receiver with the 10th overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. Although Hurts hasn't officially been named the Eagles' starting quarterback, selecting a receiver rather than another signal-caller seemingly cements him in the role even further. It also gives the 22-year-old another first-round weapon to throw to after Philadelphia took Jalen Reagor out of TCU last year. It's certainly a major upgrade for a receiving corps that compiled the third-fewest receiving yards last season (2,082).
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman were both noncommittal on Hurts entering 2021 as the team's starting quarterback, CBS 3 Philadelphia reports. "To name any starters at this particular time...we've been working with these guys for two days," Sirianni said during an April 21 press conference. "My biggest thing is competition. We're going to have competition at every position." With a new coaching staff in the fold for 2021, all of the Eagles' returning players will have to earn their keep, and Hurts is no exception. As the roster currently stands, Hurts' main competition for the starting job is 36-year-old Joe Flacco. After trading down from the No. 6 overall pick in this week's NFL draft to the No. 12 spot, the Eagles seemingly aren't in position to select any of the top signal-callers on the board, though it won't necessary preclude them from investing an early selection into the position. Hurts started the Eagles' final four games of the 2020 campaign, completing 51.9 percent of his throws for 6.9 yards per attempt and a 5:3 TD:INT while adding 272 yards and three scores on the ground.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wants to make Hurts' success the priority in 2021, rather than emphasizing competition at quarterback, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News has a different take, hinting that the Eagles still aren't sure about their second-year signal-caller. While Hurts sits atop the depth chart with Carson Wentz (Colts) out of the picture, Bowen and other Philadelphia beat writers have suggested the Eagles could pick a QB on Day 1 or 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. This latest report from Mortensen doesn't seem concrete, but it at least does give us a hint about Lurie's thinking with the No. 6 overall pick.
Hurts is the Eagles' top QB after they traded Carson Wentz to Indianapolis, though the team could still draft another signal-caller, according to Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Already owners of the sixth overall pick, the Eagles added a 2021 third-rounder and a conditional 2022 second-round pick in the Wentz trade. What they do next depends on their confidence in Hurts, who had eight total touchdowns -- but also three INTs and six fumbles -- over the final four weeks of 2020. The 22-year-old is a clear favorite for the Week 1 start at this point, but the Eagles still have time to add competition, or at least a high-end backup.
Hurts completed just seven of his 20 passing attempts for 72 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while adding 34 yards and two rushing touchdowns on eight carries before being benched in favor of Nate Sudfeld in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team. Hurts will finish his abbreviated time as a rookie starter with a 52 percent completion rate, 1,061 passing yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions to go along with 354 rushing yards and three more scores on 63 carries over 15 games (three starts). Controversy has swirled around the 2020 second-round pick from the time he replaced Carson Wentz to his benching Sunday in a game that enabled Washington to clinch the NFC East division with a 7-9 record. Fans of the New York Giants may be upset with the late change under center, but Hurts certainly performed poorly enough to warrant the benching. On the plus side, the mature first-year player provided a spark for the Eagles, and his ability as a runner kept opposing defenses on their heels while also providing valuable fantasy production. On the flip side, Hurts clearly has a long way to go in terms of his ability as a pocket passer, which was one of the knocks on him heading into last year's draft. The 22-year-old struggled when having to go past his initial read, and some inaccuracy issues are also present. He is still a rookie and has plenty of room to grow, and his added value as a runner will undoubtedly lead to some strong fantasy lines in the future.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|7||10/24||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|9||11/07||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|11||11/21||New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|12||11/28||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|13||12/05||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|15||12/19||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|16||12/26||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|17||01/02||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||52.0||1061||6||4||357||3||119|