HAVE A SEAT: Eagles Bench Struggling Franchise QB Carson Wentz In Favor Of Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-8-1, struggling mightily, and losing ground fast in an already subpar NFC East division being led right now by the suddenly relevant New York Giants who are atop the divisional race at an uninspiring 5-7.

So the Eagles made an obvious big boy move, and elevated rookie Jalen Hurts as starter over celebrated franchise QB Carson Wentz, according to ESPN.com.

“We’re not where we want to be as an offense,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said, according to the team’s website. “I looked at the whole thing and decided that for this week to look for that spark again to try to get the team over the hump, to try to get everybody playing better.”

This came after some Eagles fans began demanding the benching of Wentz on social media.

In the Eagles most recent loss, this past weekend against the Green Bay Packers, Wentz ended his day 6-of-15 for 79 yards and was sacked four times before being replaced by Hurts, who threw an interception, but also threw for a touchdown.

Hurts is emerging as a fan favorite who was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2020 draft. A standout player at Oklahoma and Alabama, Hurts is also known for being a prolific powerlifter who routinely squats 500 pound weights.

Hurts also finished second in Heisman Trophy voting.

Wentz, on the other hand, was blessed with a four-year, $128 million extension in the summer of 2019 by the Eagles but could be looking for a new team as early as next season.

The Eagles won their first Super Bowl in 2018.

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