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Jalen Hurts is the man for the Eagles as Carson Wentz has been traded to the Colts

Jalen Hurts rolls out of the pocket
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It is a new day in Philadelphia, Pa.

After five years with Carson Wentz (2016-20), the Philadelphia Eagles decided to deal the former No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft to the Indianapolis Colts. The news came on Thursday from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

Philadelphia will get a 2021 third-round pick from the Colts and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-round selection. This move will reunite Wentz with Frank Reich, but it also makes Jalen Hurts the man at quarterback for the Eagles. He was taken in the second round of the 2020 draft, following an incredible college career at Alabama and Oklahoma.

He helped the Crimson Tide to two Southeastern Conference titles (2016, 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in the 2017 season. The native Texan also delivered the Sooners to a Big 12 championship and an appearance in the CFP. Hurts finished the 2019 campaign as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He carries the leadership the Eagles need at quarterback.

Hurts was victorious in his first start versus New Orleans, totaling 273 yards with one touchdown in a 24-21 win.

He had a pair of 300-yard passing games versus Arizona and Dallas and brought energy to the offense.

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Hurts finished his rookie season with 1,061 passing yards and six scores to four interceptions. With the tandem of Doug Pedersen and Wentz gone, will the Eagles embrace the idea of Hurts being its No. 1 quarterback? It will be interesting to see moving forward, but Philadelphia is Hurts’ team for now.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith

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