Alabama Football: Jalen Hurts remains on thin ice in Philly

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Philly won’t fully commit to Alabama football’s Jalen Hurts

Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Hurts has had his role questioned. He joined the team as a backup, similar to his final season with Alabama football. He earned the starting role at the end of his rookie season.

Last offseason, the Eagles traded away Carson Wentz, clearing the way for Hurts to be QB1. This seemed to be the end of it, but rumors still swirled about the quarterback’s future in Philadelphia. Would the Eagles trade for a proven star like Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson? With three picks in the first round, would they look to draft a new quarterback?

The Eagles were viewed as one of the worst teams in the NFL, and Hurts helped carry them to the NFL Playoffs. You would think that this would end the debate. After all franchise quarterbacks on the market found other teams, there seemed to be no logical way to justify replacing the former Alabama football superstar.

However, the Eagles made another move. They traded two picks in the first round to the Saints in exchange for a pick in this year’s first round and a future first. That means that the Eagles now have multiple first-round picks in the next two years. Next season’s class will have more quarterback talent with Alabama football’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud likely heading to the NFL.

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So, the conversation starts again. Hurts is competing for his job, and the Eagles could replace him next offseason if he doesn’t live up to the hype. However, the pressure has yet to get to him in the NFL. He continues to rise to the occasion, and this is simply another chance to do just that.