With Carson Wentz out of Philadelphia, Jalen Hurts has high expectations replacing the 2016 second overall pick. He didn't fare too well after replacing Wentz as the Eagles' starting quarterback during the season. He went 1-3 as a starter in 2020 and completed just 52% of his passes in his rookie year.
However, despite the relatively poor play, Hurts has Eagles' GM Howie Roseman's full backing.
Roseman hopped on Philadelphia's 94WIP sports radio and had high praise for Hurts. At the same time, he criticized Wentz.
"[Jalen] can play, and he can win. We loved Carson … (but) we played four playoff games and we needed our backup in every one."Howie Roseman
During his time in Philly, Wentz earned a reputation of being injury-prone. In the 2017 season, he was named All-Pro and also made the Pro Bowl. It seemed a perfect season as the team also won Super Bowl LII, but Wentz actually suffered an ACL injury long before the playoffs.
That injury led to Nick Foles guiding the team to victory and even retaining the starting spot the following season as Wentz recovered. Foles went on to start more games as Wentz then suffered a back injury.
The problems seemed over for Wentz in 2019 as he played all 16 games and led the team to a 9-7 record and NFC Wild Card. However, 2020 would see Wentz playing the worst football in his career.
Last season saw the end of Wentz's time in Philadelphia as Hurts replaced him as the starter with 4 games left in the regular season. There was no injury this time; it was simply a performance decision by the Eagles.
For both quarterbacks, the upcoming 2021 season marks a new time in their careers. Hurts enters his first full season as a starter in the NFL, while Wentz has a fresh start after being traded to the Indianapolis Colts.
In addition, both players hope to be long-term solutions to problematic quarterback situations within each team. Since 2017, the Colts have started 5 quarterbacks. In the Eagles' case, Hurts may prove to be the franchise quarterback that Wentz once was.