By Michael Bennett
Eagles rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts was a surprise second-round pick in April’s second round of the NFL draft.
But here’s a surprise for Hurts:
Coach Doug Pederson says Hurts will start out as the third quarterback on the depth chart Nate Sudfeld.
Pederson said so on 94WIP last Friday:
“It is probably a little more difficult with the quarterback position because with Carson (Wentz) and Nate (Sudfeld), making sure these two guys get the reps they need,” Pederson said. “You have to make sure Jalen is comfortable with the playbook and understands what we are doing as an offense, so the evaluation process might take a little bit longer with the quarterback, but we are going to do everything we can to make sure all of our guys are prepared. Jalen is no different.”
The Eagles have openly supported Sudfeld and with the season opener less than a month away and the team going through a reduced version of training camp, his knowledge of the playbook is a clear advantage and the reason he’ll be the backup in Week 1.