Meet Rookie QB Jalen Hurts

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Doug Pederson has decided to go with rookie quarterback, Jalen Hurts as his starter against the Saints this Sunday.

Rookie Jalen Hurts, who was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, who has seen sporadic play throughout the season, got his first significant action last Sunday in Green Bay. Hurts threw his first career TD pass, on a 32-yard strike to Greg Ward.

Trailing 20-3 in the third quarter, in Green Bay, Carson Wentz was pulled, and Jalen Hurts was thrust into action. His touchdown to Ward and a punt return for a score by rookie Jalen Reagor made it a one possession game. Packers RB Aaron Jones’ 77-yard touchdown run put the game away. Hurts finished 5-12 for 109 yards and 1 TD pass.

The Eagles have become horrible to watch this season and the hope is Hurts can provide a spark and something to look forward to watching the rest of this season.

Here’s what you should know about Hurts:

He’s a winner: Hurts was the starting QB as a true freshman at Alabama under Nick Saban, becoming the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in 32 years. Hurts took his team all the way to the National Championship game, narrowly losing to Clemson 35-31. He helped Alabama win the title the following year as he started in the championship game, but was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa at half time.

He’s a dual-threat at quarterback: In 2019, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, racking up 3,851 passing yards, 32 passing TD, along with 1,298 rushing yards, and 20 rushing touchdowns. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow.

He is very strong: