Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni declined to name starting quarterback Jalen Hurts on Wednesday, but reiterated his intention to hold an open competition.
Sirianni’s comments come in light of a report last month that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had instructed the coaching staff to make sure Hurts was ready to take on the starting role when the season opens. 2021. Lurie opposed the incorporation of other QBs for open competition, according to the report.
“To name a headline at this particular time … we’ve been working with these guys for two days,” Sirianni said Wednesday.
The Eagles handed out Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in February for a third-round pick this year and a conditional second-round pick in 2022.
The Eagles selected Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to make a backup of Wentz. But when Wentz was ineffective in a Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Hurts replaced him and started the remaining four games of the season, going 1-3 on paper. During the season, Hurts completed 52 percent of his passes over 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Sirianni also said Wednesday that he and his assistant coaches have been playing rock, paper, scissors and “Jeopardy!” with preliminary prospects to assess its competitiveness.
–Media at field level