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Adam Schefter cites the coronavirus pandemic while explaining why the Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts


College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - LSU v Oklahoma Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Howie Roseman has seen the outrage to the Philadelphia Eagles using the No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to select Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.

This much was apparent from watching multiple national NFL insiders on television this morning peddle similar talking points that were obviously given to them.

For example, the idea that the Eagles can save cap space by having a backup quarterback on a rookie contract was among the defenses bandied about. (Sure, they can save money by not paying a veteran backup, but they’re also doing it at the expense of a premium pick that could actually help their starter.)

But perhaps the most interesting thing said in context of the Hurts pick was this from Adam Schefter on ESPN:

“Now in this day and age, I’ve had teams tell me it’s more important than ever to have a backup quarterback in this pandemic. We’re going to be playing next year, coronavirus is out there, COVID-19, what if your quarterback gets the virus? It’s an interesting situation here. I think there are more problems than ever before. And so I think teams are looking up to sure up the most important position in the sport. And that’s why the Eagles did it.”

So ... the Eagles aren’t just worried about Wentz getting injured. They’re also worried he’s going to contract the coronavirus? And that went into taking Hurts at No. 53?

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