Eagles’ GM Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters following the release of the team’s initial 53-man roster, and when asked about the addition of Gardner Minshew and what that means for Jalen Hurts, Sirianni finally confirmed that Hurts is the starting quarterback in Philadelphia.
Sirianni explained that Hurts was the only quarterback taking reps with the ones during training camp, so it should have been obvious for weeks that he was the starter — although he repeatedly refused to make it official, emphasizing that every position has to compete for their role. Still, the head coach said Hurts took the reins and earned the right to start and lead the team with a great preseason.
Hurts did everything right on paper this offseason, including workouts with the offensive line and skill players, and worked extensively on creating chemistry with guys well before they even got to camp. Early on it seems that the work has paid off, and he’s earned the respect of guys from rookies to veterans like Lane Johnson.
The quarterback had four starts at the end of his rookie season, but with a full offseason as the apparent starter, and with all the first team reps, Hurts should show a significant leap as he heads into Year 2. Well see what a Jalen Hurts-led offense looks like when the Eagles open their 2021 NFL season against the Falcons next week.