The Eagles will name rookie QB Jalen Hurts the starter for the team's Week 14 game on Sunday vs. the Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Eagles have yet to confirm the report and likely won’t until head coach Doug Pederson speaks on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Pederson insisted that the decision on who to start at quarterback was his decision and his alone.
Wentz heading to the bench is in some ways not surprising considering how poorly he has played this season. The team sending their franchise quarterback to the bench before his $128 million extension even kicks in, however, is certainly not what they envisioned when they handed him the deal.
The long-term ramifications of this decision will be huge.
For now, however, both the team and the fans will get an extended look at Hurts, the team’s second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Hurts looked promising in his only real action this season when he played roughly a half against the Green Bay Packers. Pederson came away impressed with the rookie.
“I thought it was the spark that I was hoping for when I made the change,” Pederson said. “He came in and did some things. One of the things is that obviously he extended some plays with his legs. Made a nice throw to [WR] Jalen Reagor. Was good to see that. And then obviously the throw to [WR] Greg Ward for the touchdown on a scramble. But there are some things that if and when he looks at the film, that we can clean up and he can improve upon.”