Are Eagles Hurting with Wentz Gone?


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Chris Warren, Centurion Staff

The Eagles have officially ended the Carson Wentz era in Philadelphia after only 5 seasons.

The Eagles front office made their decision to officially trade Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts on Feb. 18.

They will receive a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder if Wentz plays at least 75 percent of the Colts offensive snaps in 2021, or if Wentz plays at least 70 percent of the snaps in 2021 and the Colts reach the playoffs.

Sure, Wentz ended yet another season injured after a cheap shot from Jadeveon Clowney in the 2020 NFL playoffs, but Wentz had also just come off of a 4-game winning streak that saw him clinch the NFC East in 2019 for the second time in his career.

Not only that, but he had become the first QB to ever throw for over 4,000 yards without having a single receiver reach 500 yards on the season.

Wentz also threw just seven interceptions for the third season in a row. He played the entire regular season as well, something he hadn’t done since his rookie campaign, and was finally getting his confidence back.

After a fantastic statistical year in 2019 for Wentz, the Eagles still went out and drafted another Quarterback in Jalen Hurts out of The University of Oklahoma in the Second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

This immediately impacted a franchise that needed to establish some stability and consistency at the Quarterback position.

“We want to be a Quarterback factory,” General Manager Howie Roseman said in response to the speculation of drafting Hurts.

Unfortunately, during the 2020 NFL season Wentz fell into a massive slump that he rarely broke out of throughout the rest of the season.

Wentz threw a league high 15 interceptions before getting benched against the Green Bay Packers in week 13.

While it was the end of a disappointing season for Wentz, it was the beginning of a promising career for Hurts.

Even though the Eagles lost four out of the last five games of the season, Hurts injected some life into a floundering offense, and quite frankly, a floundering franchise.

Now with Wentz officially gone the Eagles can go into the 2021 NFL offseason with the intention of starting second year player Jalen Hurts at Quarterback, but they’ll be bringing in competition for him as Hurts is the only Quarterback on the 2021 roster as of right now.