Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is drawing criticism for being too meddlesome in the wake of Chris Mortensen’s report that the owner wants Jalen Hurts to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.
Such feedback seemingly prompted Mort to clarify his original report with the following Twitter thread:
Desean Jackson ... must have Deshaun Watson on my mind. Can't imagine why.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 8, 2021
There's been some opinions expressed that the Eagles should draft BYU QB Zach Wilson. As of now, that would mean offering major compensation to get into the 2nd slot, using the type of draft capital that is necessary to replenish the roster.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 8, 2021
More than anything, the Wilson note is interesting to me.
First, because of the intentionally vague phrasing used here. “There’s been some opinions expressed” by ... who, exactly? Howie Roseman? The scouting staff? The janitor? Big Dom? Someone outside the organization? (But why would that be relevant to the Eagles’ intentions?)
Regardless, there’s an increasing sense that Wilson will be the second quarterback off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft, going as high as the New York Jets to No. 2. So, yeah, the Eagles might have to offer a big package to Joe Douglas to select the BYU quarterback.
But it doesn’t seem like Lurie is on board with another big move up like the one that landed them Carson Wentz back in 2016. And with that mind, it looks like they’ll be sticking with Hurts.
Now, if Wilson falls further than expected ...