Well being has not been a powerful swimsuit of Carson Wentz throughout his NFL profession, and so whoever the Eagles’ backup QB is, there’s an opportunity for him to get taking part in time. In 2020, the QB2 in Philly is more likely to be Jalen Hurts, the rookie from Oklahoma (and previously Alabama). For a lot of Hurts’ school profession, there have been questions on his arm however not about his legs. At OU, Hurts answered a few of the inquiries about his throwing, too. If all of it got here collectively proper for Hurts, his pass-run combo would make him an interesting fantasy soccer sleeper.
In latest days, Wentz has handled a minor harm that is pushed the thought of Hurts as an early-career NFL starter to the forefront of followers’ minds. It won’t occur, but when it does, fantasy waiver wires will definitely take be aware.
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Jalen Hurts Fantasy Outlook: Is Hurts the brand new Taysom Hill?
In three seasons at Alabama, Hurts accomplished 62.9 % of his passes at Eight.zero yards per try. In his closing collegiate season, at Oklahoma, Hurts accomplished 69.7 % of his throws at 11.three yards per move. The OU offense has bred good quarterbacks these days, however that does not make Hurts a system QB. He was visibly extra sound mechanically with the Sooners, and it confirmed in his numbers, together with a 32-to-Eight TD-to-INT ratio.
The largest factor going for Hurts early in his NFL profession, although, is his speeding means. He additionally ran for 1,298 yards in his lone season with the Sooners. At 6-1, 218-pounds, Hurts is nearer to Lamar Jackson than Cam Newton, however he nonetheless can dish out the blows simply as a lot as he receives them.
There are two paths for Hurts, one based mostly completely on hypothesis and the opposite based mostly in actuality. Of us have puzzled if Hurts can match into the Taysom Hill, gadget-player mould. From a skill-set standpoint, Hurts might certainty do it. He is quick and powerful and doubtless can catch simply tremendous. The distinction is available in passing means. Hurts may very well be a reliable NFL passer, one thing that it is uncertain Hill might ever actually be.
In actuality, Hurts’ greatest likelihood at taking part in time other than the very occasional Wildcat in 2020 comes as Wentz’s backup. As we’ll get into beneath, Wentz has an harm historical past that means his backup will begin at the very least a pair instances in 2020. If Hurts begins, he would not must do a ton as a passer to be a strong bye-week fill-in. Even when Tim Tebow was beginning for the Broncos again within the day, he had fantasy worth due to his speeding, and Hurts is a greater thrower than Tebow ever was. Per week of 80 speeding yards, 150 passing yards and two complete touchdowns is worthy of a spot in a fantasy lineup, and Hurts might do this if given a full sport’s value of motion.
The one man Hurts has to beat out for the backup function is Nate Sudfeld. Hurts even threw a 99-yard TD move not too long ago to assist his trigger.
2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
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Carson Wentz harm outlook
Wentz leads Sports activities Damage Predictor’s missed video games projection amongst quarterbacks heading into the 2020 season. They undertaking his likelihood of harm at 92 %. Wentz will not be unseated from his job due to abilities, however an harm might open up alternative for Hurts.
Wentz’s accidents in school and the professionals have come throughout his physique — a concussion, a rib fracture, a vertebral fracture, a wrist fracture, and ligament tears in his knee. His play type has included much less operating in recent times to attempt to reduce down on his injury-prone nature, however these are sufficient totally different accidents that it is honest to anticipate re-injury of one thing sooner or later. If it occurs in 2020, Hurts would possibly discover his manner onto the sphere sooner than anybody anticipated.
2020 PPR RANKINGS:
Operating again | Huge receiver | Tight finish | Superflex | Prime 200
Which QB is healthier for the Eagles’ offense?
Right here, the reply is fairly clearly Wentz. That is to not put down Hurts, however we have seen Philadelphia be productive with Wentz at quarterback and Hurts could be a serious thriller.
Hurts would even have the potential to both function a extra run-heavy offense (with himself getting the carries), which might take away targets from pass-catchers, or to throw shorter routes than Wentz, probably serving to a participant like Greg Ward or the tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. However Wentz already loves throwing to the TEs, in order that they’d most likely keep the closest to the identical if Hurts had this job at any level, whereas the wideouts might take a success.