No surprises here: Jalen Hurts will close out the season as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. The dual-threat rookie will make his third straight start in a meaningless game against the Washington Football Team. He has gone 1-2 with a 85.7 passer rating since taking over for Carson Wentz.
Well, meaningless for one team as Washington can clinch the NFC East with a victory. Ron Rivera’s squad will also be making a quarterback switch after releasing former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Monday. They are giving the keys back to veteran Alex Smith who had missed the prior two games with a calf injury.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made the announcement about Hurts while fielding calls about his own job security. He wants to finish out the year on a high note despite being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention following a 37-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
“I am going to start Jalen again this week,” Pederson told reporters on Monday. “Going into Week 17, I definitely want to continue to evaluate not only him but the rest of the team and where we are moving forward.”