The Eagles have had packages for Hurts this year where he comes on the field in addition to starting QB Carson Wentz for a couple of plays a game.
However, Rapoport notes there will be more plays where Hurts has the field to himself. While the Eagles don’t appear ready to give him an entire series at quarterback, Rapoport says it could be two to three plays at a time.
Tim McManus reports Hurts has also been getting some first-team reps at practice this week.
Rapoport adds there’s no guarantee the Eagles follow through with the portion of the gameplan they’ve installed for Hurts this week, as things could change before kickoff. However, the way they’ve practiced this week suggests a much larger role for Hurts.
It’s hard not to see this as a door potentially opening for a quarterback change down the stretch, especially if Hurts plays well. Wentz has struggled mightily for the Eagles in 2020, so this is a situation to keep an eye on.
Hurts, 22, was drafted by the Eagles in the second round out of Oklahoma in 2020. He signed a four-year, $6,025,171 rookie contract that includes a $1,941,943 signing bonus.
In 2020, Hurts has appeared in nine games for the Eagles and completed 2-2 passing attempts for 27 yards, rushed 12 times for 56 yards and caught one pass for three yards.
During his four-year college career at Alabama and Oklahoma, Hurts recorded 682 completions on 1,047 pass attempts (65.1 percent) for 9,477 yards, 80 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions to go along with 614 rush attempts for 3,274 yards (5.3 YPC) and 43 touchdowns.