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Eagles name Jalen Hurts starting QB, bench Carson Wentz

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There's a new starting quarterback in Philadelphia.

Rookie Jalen Hurts will be the Eagles' starting quarterback this week against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Tuesday. Carson Wentz will serve as the backup.

Hurts, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma by Philadelphia in the 2020 NFL Draft, took over for Wentz in the second half of the Eagles' Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The rookie completed 5-of-12 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown but also threw an interception.

Hurts had been Wentz's backup for much of the season, but had only seen limited playing time prior. This past Sunday was his first time seeing extensive playing time at the quarterback position this season.

Arguably no quarterback has struggled as much as Wentz this year. His 15 interceptions are already a career single-season high, and currently the most of any passer in the NFL. Wentz is completing passes at just a 57.4% clip, the lowest mark of his five-year career.

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What Philadelphia does with Wentz moving forward remains to be seen. The four-year, $128 million extension he signed last summer doesn't go into effect until next season, and the team would incur a $59 million dead cap hit if they were to cut him this offseason. That's simply not a feasible option.

The Eagles are 3-8-1 on the season and sit in third place in the NFC East.