Jalen Hurts Eager for First NFL Start: ‘You Dream of Opportunities Like This’

by Charles Craighill
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After the Philadelphia Eagles named him the starter, Jalen Hurts says he is ready to go. In Sunday’s devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers, Eagles coach Doug Pederson made the decision to bench their franchise quarterback for the rookie, Jalen Hurts. Carson Wentz completed just six passes on fifteen attempts for only 79 yards. He did not get a single one of those into the end zone.

Hurts, the second-round draft pick, came in in relief with seven and a half minutes left in the third quarter. He proved more effective than Wentz connecting on five of his twelve attempts for one hundred and nine yards and a score. He also threw an interception in his first extensive outing.

On top of his performance through the air, Hurts added another twenty-nine yards on the ground. This clocked him in at the second-leading rusher for the Eagles. Throughout his college career, Hurts scrambled defenses with his dual-threat ability. In fact, he managed to rack up over three thousand yards passing and over one thousand yards rushing in his senior year at the University of Oklahoma.

Jalen Hurts is Ready to Play

Hurts expressed his excitement about Pederson’s decision to give him the nod on Sunday. “I’ve been ready to answer the phone. It rang. I answered,” he said according to NBC Sports. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my parents. My parents found out before I told them. As a kid, you grow up, you dream of opportunities like this.”

He will take the field against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at 3:25. This will prove to be an incredibly difficult task as Hurts’ first start in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled in the recent weeks, losing four straight in the past four weeks.

In order to sneak their way into the playoffs, they will need a stellar performance from Hurts in the last four games of the season. They play the best team in the NFC in the Saints, then a very solid Cardinals team led by his predecessor at Oklahoma, Kyler Murray. The last few matchups of the season will be interdivisional, with one against the Washington Football Team who sits in first in the NFC East.