"Jalen knows nobody else got any reps with the 1's so you could really argue that we named our starter a while ago. ... Jalen's our starter. I consistently saw a player that got better every single day. He did exactly what we wanted him to do."
Hurts got all the reps with the ones, but Sirianni also said it was a QB competition from the start of camp with Flacco. But regardless of the length of time it took to make this official, the news certainly comes as no surprise. Hurts is ranked as a low-end QB1 and is 10th on our list, but could also improve on that with the weapons around him, including first round pick DeVonta Smith, and his running ability.
Nick Sirianni has been very specific on what the Philadelphia Eagles have been working on with Jalen Hurts throughout training camp. Footwork has been the driving force of the coaching staff, as the Eagles believe Hurts will be more consistent with the proper technique -- and deliver better throws as a result.
The Eagles aren't trying to develop Hurts into a pocket passer, but they want him to be better in the pocket, the story said. What makes Hurts a starting quarterback in the NFL is the ability to extend the play with his legs. The story went on to say Hurts often took off running last year after his first read was covered, so the Eagles are looking to work on that. Hurts is considered a low-end QB1, ranked 10th on our list.
Still, overall, the Eagles likely felt pleased by what they saw from Jalen Hurts on Monday. The quarterback has gotten better each day of camp so far, and considering this is his first training camp as the starter, that has to be encouraging for the coaches.
The story said the biggest improvement was Hurts' intermediate throws. That was a change from what reporters have seen so far from him in camp. Hurts has mostly been either checking the ball down or going deep. On Monday, however, Hurts had no issue completing passes in the middle of the field. Hurts sits at 10th in our rankings and should be available around the middle of drafts for owners who want to wait.
Carson Wentz reunites with Frank Reich in Indy and gets a chance to revive his career after injuries and poor performance derailed much of the past two seasons. This also opens the starting QB job in Philly for Jalen Hurts.
Prior to the trade, our John Paulsen had Wentz and Hurts ranked 28th and 29th in his 'Never Too Early' rankings. That will change for the better for both signal callers.