The quarterback drama in Philadelphia intensified on Sunday.
Rookie Jalen Hurts made a strong case that he should continue as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starter, tossing three touchdowns and running for another in a wild 33-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Hurts ended 24-for-44 for 338 yards and rushed for 63 yards in a comeback bid that fell just short on the road.
The performance came on the day when it became clear that Carson Wentz isn’t interested in sticking around in Philadelphia if he remains the backup. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Wentz is not pleased with the way things have unfolded in the organization and wants to move on from the Eagles if the current situation continues, adding more pressure to a quarterback situation that promises to dominate the offseason.
“Carson has done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s a pro. He’s engaging. He’s helping Jalen,” coach Doug Pederson said. “I get it, and I understand it’s a frustrating situation for him, but at the same time, I see him helping Jalen and helping our offense.”
The Eagles are committed financially to Wentz after giving him a four-year, $128 million extension in the summer of 2019. They would face a dead-cap hit of around $60 million if they cut him and would take a cap hit of more than $30 million in a trade.
Hurts is expected to hold on to the starting gig for the rest of the season, and if his strong play continues, it would be a hard sell for management to hand the keys back to Wentz for 2021 with no questions asked.
Hurts became the first Eagle with three passing touchdowns and a rushing score since Nick Foles in 2013. He caught fire in the second quarter Sunday, tossing three scoring passes to help erase a 16-0 deficit and bring the Eagles within six at halftime.
He tied the score with a 7-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter, but the Eagles (4-9-1) were unable to close the deal in the fourth, despite knocking on the door several times, including at the end of the game, when a pair of Hail Mary attempts in the end zone fell incomplete.
“I could care less to hear any of the young stuff, second-start stuff, rookie stuff. We have a standard we want to play to,” Hurts said. “I personally have a standard I want to play to, and we’ve just got to find a way to get it done.”
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