Rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts may get some additional playing time in the coming weeks.
This past Sunday Philly fell 22-17 to the Cleveland Browns. The team now sits at 3-6-1 – which oddly enough leaves them in first place in the NFC East.
Hurts played exactly one snap in the Browns loss. On the year, he has 12 carries for 56 yards and one catch for three yards. Thus far, he has not thrown a single pass.
“I think I can get him in the game a little bit more,” Pederson admitted this weekend.
That said – Carson Wentz is and will continue to the team’s starter.
“He’s our starter,” Pederson said. “Yeah, no questions about it. He’s our starter.”
Wentz completed 21 of 35 passes for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the loss to Cleveland.
Despite his quarterback continuously throwing the ball over, Pederson maintained that he never considered yanking him from Sunday’s outing.
“With the way the game was going and the elements and we were just really a score from putting ourselves back into this football game, I did not consider that,” he said.
Wentz has now thrown 14 picks this year, tying a career-high he set as a rookie. There are still six weeks of football left to be played.
“Look, I think if you get to that spot whether you don’t start him or you bench him, I think you’re sending a wrong message to your football team that the season’s over and that’s a bad message,” Pederson said.
“We have to work through this. When times get tough, sometimes that might be the easy thing to do. This business is about work, this business is about detailing, having ownership, things I talk about with the team.
“That’s what we gotta do. That’s coaches and players. That’s not one guys. It’s bigger. This sport is bigger than one guy. We all have a hand in it and we all have to fix it.”
Obviously Hurts won’t steal Wentz’s job any time soon, but getting him a little more involved in the offense is probably a good idea.