To view Jalen Hurts as the Eagles’ likely quarterback of the future would be a mistake. The most likely scenario is that Hurts is not the long-term answer. That’s not me being harsh and counting a guy out before he even starts a game. That’s just what history tells us. From 2008 to 2017 (I’m using this range so that we get at least three full years of each player), 24 quarterbacks were taken on Day 2 of the draft. Among that group, six became starters: Russell Wilson, Derek Carr, Colin Kaepernick, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Jimmy Garoppolo. This is not complex math, but we can say that the chances based on that sample of finding a starter in the second or third round is roughly 25 percent.
The story went on to say the one thing the Eagles cannot do is convince themselves that Hurts is the guy after a four-game sample. The goal should just be information gathering. It’s possible they learn that the offensive system and surrounding talent aren’t the problem, and the issues were even more Wentz-related than suspected. It’s also possible they discover the offensive system and surrounding talent are the problem, and it doesn’t really matter who’s playing quarterback, the story all said. The author said given that Hurts had a shortened offseason and no preseason, he would expect that we’d see a heavy QB-inclusive run game and a simplified passing game in which he’s encouraged to take off if he doesn’t like what he sees - for those interested in plugging in Hurts for Week 14.
DAL QB Andy Dalton - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. New York Giants
Andy Dalton had a nice game last week when he posted 377 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception on 30 attempts against the Eagles. Dalton has had some rough patches since taking over as the starter in Dallas, but he has shown enough to warrant consideration as a cheap quarterback option in the right matchups. A Week 17 matchup with the Giants is not an easy one, but Dalton managed to turn in a decent day against a similar defense last week. Dalton still has some of the best weapons in the league at his disposal and the Cowboys should be playing motivated as they fight for the playoffs in Week 17. Dalton is not an exciting option, but you could do worse if going cheap at quarterback to finish off the regular season.