2020-04-26

Carson Wentz welcomes Jalen Hurts to Eagles

Eagles selected quarterback Jalen Hurts with 53rd overall pick in the 2020 National Football League Draft.

While Philadelphia’s selection raised eyebrows around the league, quarterback Carson Wentz welcomed, via Tweet:

“Welcome to the best football in America brotha!” Wentz, 27, signed a 4-year, $128M multi-year extension last season.

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Wentz missed eight games in four-seasons, five in 2018 and three previously in 2017.

A member of the Eagles coaching staff says the team plans to utilize both, Hurts and Wentz, says Press Taylor, Eagles passing game coordinator.

“I think at some point, one of the big things will be having multiple people on the field who can throw the ball,” Taylor said, Eagles Wire.

“That’s something going forward … You’ve seen the ‘Philly Special,’ you’ve seen all different versions of double passes. I think at some point I can see something like that coming into play.”

Quarterback Donovan McNabb played ten seasons in Philadelphia expressed confidence in Hurt's talent fitting into head coach Doug Pederson’s west coast system.

McNabb appeared on The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio, Friday.

McNabb said, via Radio.com:

“So I like the fact that Jalen Hurts is playing under a West Coast system, where he can learn from Doug, which I learned from Doug in my rookie season. And then we both learned from Andy. This will be a great fit for him, to at least learn under Doug, be able to continue to refine his three-step, five-step, seven-step drop, which he's done throughout this offseason, and knowing, and seeing, obviously, the result of it all. So I'm excited about it.”

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley congratulated Hurts on Twitter.

“Congratulations Jalen Hurts. So proud.”

“We’re so, so thrilled for you, what an opportunity man,” Riley added, via 247Sports. “An unbelievable story and the best is yet to come my man.”

Hurt said he looked forward to having the opportunity to the organization.

"I am an Eagle and it's a blessing," Hurts said in a statement, via Philadelphia Eagles official site. "I'm just looking forward to being a part of the organization and meeting the guys."
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