Carson Wentz might be frustrated that the Eagles took Jalen Hurts at the 2020 NFL Draft, but he’s done little to cement his spot as the main man under center since.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Tuesday that Wentz was “not thrilled” that the Eagles took a quarterback in the second round just a few months ago, adding the idea that he would have to re-prove himself all over again as the franchise quarterback after separating himself from Nick Foles just a few years earlier.
If Wentz has proven anything in 2020, it’s that he has a long way to go to meet the lofty expectations that were put on his shoulders five years ago — and the pressure that was further heaped upon him after injuries robbed him of MVP-caliber seasons.
He came up underwhelmingly short on Monday night in a 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, dropping the Eagles to 3-7-1 on the season and officially into third place in the division heading to Week 13.
Against a Seattle defense that is a shell of its former “Legion of Boom” self, Wentz threw for just 215 yards on 45 pass attempts with two touchdowns and a costly interception during the fourth quarter, delivering an easy pick on a silver platter to Quandre Diggs in the end zone from Seattle’s 15-yard-line.
While there were whispers that Hurts would see more playing time, he attempted just one pass while Wentz was left hanging behind an offensive line that surrendered another six sacks on the night.
A constantly hustled and harried Wentz won’t do much to stabilize a semblance of confidence within the Eagles’ misfiring offense, but at what point do the Eagles have to seriously consider making a shift at the quarterback position?
Possibly not at all and management is blaming much of his struggles on the porous offensive line that has allowed him to get sacked a league-leading 46 times this season. Throwing a rookie into the same scenario is the epitome of a trial by fire for a team that is still just a half-game out of first place in the NFC East.
Just a handful of games remain for the Eagles to salvage this thing and it’s only right that it’s put in the hands of the passer who was recently rewarded with a new contract worth over $120 million.