Eagles' Doug Pederson says Jalen Hurts will start vs. Cowboys, but won't go beyond that
In perhaps the greatest challenge of the Philadelphia Eagles' troubled season, head coach Doug Pederson said Monday that rookie Jalen Hurts will have his third straight start in Week 16 when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys.
After Hurts' performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, there really was no other choice Pederson could have made. The Eagles lost 33-26, but Hurts shone brightly and held out against Kyler Murray. He threw for 338 yards with three touchdowns plus 11 rushes for 63 yards and one touchdown. Injuries gave the Eagles offensive, listless under now-on-bench QB Carson Wentz, a spark of life for the second straight week.
Pederson wouldn't name Hurts as a starter during the post-game media conference, and on Monday he declined to name a starter for the Eagles' last regular season game at week 17. Even so, he said the decision to move on made it easy.
"Well, of course I'll keep Jalen running this week," Pederson said of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm focusing on this week and this week [only] for the moment. I want to see how he and the team react to a major loss yesterday, so Jalen will be the starter this week."
Despite the improvement in the game across the team since Hurts began, Pederson wouldn't specifically attribute this to his rookie QB.
Hurts was obviously the difference maker for the Eagles, but it looks like Pederson is still walking around on tiptoe so as not to stamp on Wentz's feelings. Hurts doesn't seem to be affected by this, but it's worth asking when the Eagles will stop making the feelings of a 27-year-old man one of their top priorities.
Who but Jalen Hurts could start for the Eagles in Week 16? (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
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