Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts experiment never happened

So much for all of that talk about an expanded role for Jalen Hurts.

Even with Carson Wentz having another poor game, the Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie quarterback played only three snaps in their 23-17 loss Monday night to the Seattle Seahawks.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said after the game there was “not necessarily” a change in plans in not using Hurts, the team’s second-round pick out of Oklahoma, and rather was looking to provide a spark for his now 3-7-1 team.

“The plan was to use him when we could,” Pederson said. “The way the game started, we just didn’t have many opportunities, too many three-and-outs. I don’t think we got a first down until the second quarter.

“We just didn’t…we failed to execute. It just wasn’t in the cards, I guess, so to speak, early in the football game. But no more, no less than what we would use him each week.”

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes Monday night, including a Hail Mary completion to Richard Rodgers with 12 seconds remaining. He was intercepted for an NFL-leading 15th time, four more than Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins and Drew Lock. Wentz’s 73.4 passer rating is his lowest in five NFL seasons and a significant drop from last year’s 93.1 figure.

Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts
Getty Images

Wentz was also sacked six times behind a banged-up offensive line against the Seahawks. Pederson further explained his decision to stay away from Hurts because the offense experienced “breakdowns across the board, and it doesn’t really matter who is back there.”

Of Hurts’ three snaps, one was negated by a penalty, one was a handoff and the other was a six-yard completion to Alshon Jeffery on his lone pass attempt early in the second quarter. He did not get on the field after halftime despite the Eagles’ first-half struggles.

“When we’re stagnant like that, as an offense, I’m all ears,” Wentz said after the game. “Obviously, it’s a tricky thing to navigate. But I think if it’s going to provide us the spark that we need, hopefully, going forward, it can in those situations.”