Looking into the Eagles' QB situation ahead of the 2020 season
Did anyone really expect the Philadelphia Eagles to take a quarterback in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft?
It was a surprise move, but clearly an important part of the team's plans as they selected former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 overall pick.
It didn't seem to startle Carson Wentz, though.
"If I were to start questioning Howie and the management now, I’d really be questioning myself," Wentz said of the pick.
Here's a further look into what the Eagles have going on at quarterback ahead of the 2020 season.
With 56 starts to his name, Wentz is still a young starting quarterback.
Wentz returned to the type of play we're used to seeing from him by the end of last season, with roughly two years separating that time period and when he suffered an ACL injury.
He completed 63.9% of his passes in 2019 for 4,039 yards, with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wentz also nearly doubled the amount off plays using his legs between the 2018 and 2019 seasons, recording 62 rushing attempts for 243 yards and a touchdown.
Granted that Wentz stays on this track, he should should have no problem remaining the Eagles' starter for the foreseeable future.
There are no guarantees with Hurts and his long-term future with the team as a future quarterback. A lot of that will be determined by how polished of a passer he can become at the NFL level.
But one thing the Eagles can bet on is the signal-caller's athleticism and mobility. Like so many other rookies, Hurts enters the league as a developmental prospect.
He displayed accuracy, grit and leadership over the course of his college career between Alabama and Oklahoma.
It's important to note that the NFL is a copycat league, and the Eagles could potentially get their own version of Taysom Hill in the former Sooners quarterback, depending on how he ultimately pans out.
Hurts may or may not prove to be worthy of Philadelphia's second-round pick, but he does bring something intriguing to the offense.
Many thought Sudfeld would assume the backup position ahead of last season, but that didn't happen.
The Eagles brought in veteran Josh McCown instead, leaving Sudfeld further down the depth chart.
Is this an indication of just how highly the Eagles think of Sudfeld?
As he enters his fourth season in the offense, it will be interesting to see if Sudfeld remains on the roster for the entirety of the 2020 season, or if Philadelphia does away with him.
Much of that will have to do with how well Hurts performs.
Lauletta is technically in the running for the No. 2 spot just like Hurts and Sudfeld, but both of those players should be expected to be named the backup before Lauletta ever truly gets a crack at it.
The 25-year-old should be expected to serve as an emergency quarterback and nothing more.
The starting gig belongs to Wentz -- there's no debate there.
Things get only slightly more interesting behind him, but it's probable that the No. 53 overall pick will assume the backup position. Sudfeld is the only real candidate to take that spot, but it would be a small surprise to see that happen.