Eagles’ Jalen Hurts pick did ‘not sit well’ with Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz was taken second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he immediately made his talents apparent in his second season in 2017. Wentz went 11-2 in his 13 games that year, but an injury derailed his campaign–allowing backup QB Nick Foles to lead Philly to a Super Bowl victory.
Now, according to reporting from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Wentz suffered a hit to his confidence when Philadelphia selected quarterback Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft:
“All that ground he gained over Nick, everything he fought past to get to this point, you pull it right back,” an anonymous source told Fowler. “Here is your franchise quarterback, the guy you paid a lot of money to keep long-term, and he’s having to prove himself all over again.”
According to the report by Fowler, the Eagles selecting Hurts forced Wentz to “press” to begin the season–explaining his poor play.
Certainly, the 28-year-old QB is having a tough year, as he has already amassed a career-high in interceptions with 15. His previous career-high had been 14 in his rookie year, in which he played all 16 games. Wentz has accrued those 15 INTs through only 11 games with the Eagles, which also leads the league.
The Eagles are seemingly in a tailspin, but Carson Wentz is still the team’s go-to option at QB for the time being.