Jalen Hurts entered the season with the odds of holding onto the starting quarterback job beyond 2021 stacked against him. There were mixed opinions about him inside the building before he was drafted in the second round in 2020. Doubts persisted about his viability as a long-term quarterback following four promising but uneven starts as a rookie.
Eleven games into this make-or-break campaign, Hurts has shifted those odds more toward his favor, building a compelling case for why he should remain under center for the Eagles past this season.
The story said the Eagles explored trading for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson prior to the trade deadline. And with upwards of three first-round picks in April's draft, the heavy speculation has been that Philadelphia will use that capital to acquire the next franchise quarterback, whether by trading those assets for a veteran like Watson or Russell Wilson or using it to select a quarterback from this draft class. With more focus on the running game, Hurts and the Eagles have both improved over the last several weeks and are making a playoff push. Not having to spend those picks on a QB will help the team surrounding Hurts going forward.