The Philadelphia Eagles finished the season with three Quarterbacks on the roster, Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew and Reid Sinnett. Throughout the season fans were hot and cold when watching Jalen Hurts’ performances and wondered whether he would be the guy for the job moving forward. Some fans wanting to see Minshew take over the starting position, after seeing what he could do in Jacksonville.


Should this be the call moving in to the 2022 season? Or should the Eagles move on to another quarterback that’s looking for a fresh start?



Reid Sinnett

Starting with Reid Sinnett, who was picked up off the Dolphins Practice Squad once Tua Tagovailoa came back from his injury and Howie Roseman had dealt Backup QB Joe Flacco to the Jets for a conditional 6th.

Not much to see from Sinnett, his one season as a starter for the San Diego Toreros saw him complete 66.9% of passes with 3,528 yards, 32 Touchdowns and 10 Interceptions. Again, not a lot here, but we’re looking at a practice squad QB3, highly unlikely he’ll see any playing time. Maybe we’ll catch a glimpse in preseason, or the likelihood of the Eagles resting starters in next years week 18.

 

Gardner Minshew

Let’s be honest here, who wasn’t excited to have MinshewMania himself on the Eagles?

Over nine games in the 2020 season, Minshew was able to put up the following stats with the Jaguars:

-66% Completion on 327 attempts
-2259 Yards 
-16 Touchdowns 
-5 Interceptions

In 2021 Minshew was able to take over for Jalen Hurts in several games. 


Week 8 against the Lions while the Eagles were up 38-0:
2/2 for 11 yards

Week 13 against the Jets when Jalen Hurts suffered an ankle injury:
20/25 for 242 yards and 2 Touchdowns

Minshew took over in Week 16 against the Giants, with no passing stats

Week 18 against the Cowboys starters with an Eagles practice squad:
19/33 for 186 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception

Overall, Minshew was very serviceable as a backup option for the Eagles. Would I have promoted him to the starter after his performance against the Jets? Probably not. I’m sure if Hurts was healthy enough to play that game the score would have looked similar and the stats would have probably looked relatively the same as the Eagles still ran the ball 41 times for 185 yards.

 

Jalen Hurts

Hurts appeared in 3 games before taking over the QB1 position from Carson Wentz in the 3rd quarter of the Week 13 loss against the Green Bay Packers. In those 3 games he went 3/3 for 33 yards.

After taking over the starting position in Week 13, Hurts finished the 2020 season with the following stats:

74/145(51%) 1,028 yards 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. This was with an injured, tanking roster that had coaches mostly given up on the season that had the Eagles finishing with a record of 4-11-1.

Jalen Hurts was able to take a step forward during the 2021 season. For the following stats, I’m going to break up the season into two parts. Weeks 1-7 before the Eagles truly found the offensive identity of being a run heavy team, and Weeks 8-17 where the run game took over and relieved the passing game woes.

Weeks 1-7:
148/242(61.2%) 1,716 yards, 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions

Weeks 8-17:
117/190(61.6%) 1,428 yards, 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions

Keeping in mind that 3 of Hurts 2nd half interceptions came from the Giants trap game that saw him forcing 14/31 pass attempts and injuring his ankle.

 

Other Possibilities

Some people in the Eagles world have suggested the team make a move for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Sure the Eagles have the draft capital and cap space to make a blockbuster trade, but is moving pieces of the future worth picking up a 33 year old Quarterback coming off a season comparable to Hurts with a much stronger receiving core than the Eagles have? Personally this isn’t the move. Provide Hurts with some better pieces like picking up a Veteran WR like Chris Godwin or Calvin Ridley to compliment DeVonta Smith would provide Hurts with some stronger weapons and allows him another offseason to improve his passing game.

Other names thrown around for big trade pieces include DeShaun Watson, who was rumored to be headed to the Dolphins at the trade deadline. There’s enough to say about this move, but I’m just going to chalk it up to a NO for the obvious reasons that kept Watson off the field all year.

Reports are also showing GM Howie Roseman keeping a big eye on Liberty QB Malik Willis at this years Senior Bowl. Not exactly the ideal position the Eagles might end up using one of three first round picks on, but Howie always has a bigger picture in mind and whether that picture includes Jalen Hurts in it or not will be something that few members of the Eagles staff may be in on.

 

Verdict

Overall, I’d give Jalen Hurts another shot at QB1 for the 2022 season. Upgrade the receiving core so the depth goes further than Smith>Reagor>JJAW>Ward. An improved receiving core and another year with the same coaching staff should help Jalen improve his passing game. Now that we’ve seen a 9-7 record with Hurts at the helm for “most” of the season, fans should have expectations for next season.

I would look to keep Minshew as a QB2 in case of any injuries that could see Jalen missing time. Unless any teams come asking what the price of Minshew would be. Backups are always available, it’s the good ones that are important.

 

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