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Eagles QB room gets crowded with Jalen Hurts 2nd round selection

QB Jalen Hurts goes in the second round to the Eagles despite an entrenched Carson Wentz already at the helm. How will this situation shake out in Philadelphia?

Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates his touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second quarter on November 9, 2019 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. OU held on to win 42-41. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are all set at quarterback with Carson Wentz wrapped up as the franchise starter, but the Eagles threw the NFL a curveball when they took Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts in the second round.

Carson Wentz hasn’t been the model of health and the Eagles know first hand the value of a quality backup, but the second-round is a lot of draft capital to give up for a player they hope won’t start for a very long time.

Hurts ran for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns on 233 carries last season at Oklahoma while also improving as a passer. He should be able to keep the offense moving with his legs if Wentz goes down and that is a plus no matter where he was drafted. But, will the Eagles need him if Wentz continues to play 16 games a season like he did last year? It seems the answer is, maybe.

When asked if Hurts could play a similar role to the one Taysom Hill plays in New Orleans, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said, “He has a unique skill set. ... It’s something we’re going to explore,” per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

In the end, Hurts is insurance plus a new offensive toy for Pederson to play with. Is that enough to skip over adding a full-time playmaker, either on offense or defense? I don’t know, but Hurts is the backup now and we’ll see if they can sprinkle in touches to him without causing Wentz and the offense trouble.