.The Philadelphia Eagles have some new faces and have departed from others. With so many questions surrounding new players (and a few returning ones), it is wise to dive into the roster and analyze what we can expect from them in 2022.
The Quarterback room in Philly has been under a lot of scrutiny as of late with all the Wentz drama. Last season Jalen Hurts had his first full season as the starter in his second year in the league. He helped the Eagles to a 9-8 record and a playoff berth before losing to the Tampa Bay Bucs 31-15.
In 2021 Hurts started in all 15 games he played in throwing for 3144 yards, 16 touchdowns to 9 interceptions in a run-first offense. He also had 784 yards rushing and another 10 touchdowns. This was good enough to lead the team with Miles Sanders out for a few games.
Hurts best game as a passer came in week 4 against the Chiefs where he threw for 387 yards on 66% completion and 2 touchdowns. He would only throw for more than 200 yards 4 more times during the season. I think Hurts is better than what people give him credit for and will prove that in 2022.
This season is a prove it year for Hurts as he enters his 3rd season and is looking for a contract extension. Last season many would say he didn’t have the weapons to be able to play his best and rely more on his arm but Howie Roseman made sure to take care of that this offseason and made a splash doing it.
Minshew Mania had its moments this season and had Eagles fans on their feet when he played. In 2 games played as the backup quarterback he upped his stock tremendously to where the Eagles were shopping him to try and get some value out of him. As of now it looks like he will stay in Philly.
This past season he threw for 439 yards, 4 touchdowns and just 1 interception. He started against the Jets and Cowboys and he had his best game against the Jets leading the Eagles to a 33-18 victory on the road. He threw for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns on 80% completion.
Minshew came in and did what he needed to do now for 2022 he will come in as the backup and put pressure on Hurts to play well and be ready for an opportunity wether it’s through injury or the Eagles find a trade partner for him.
Carson Strong (R):
Carson Strong was a UDFA pickup by the Eagles and was a 3 year starter at Nevada throwing for almost 10,000 yards in his career and 74 touchdowns to only 19 interceptions.
Strong was the Mountain West Conferences Offensive Player of the Year in 2020. That next year, he was eighth in the country in passing yards with 4,175. Although he has great arm talent and is coming from an Air Raid system, a knee injury caused him to slip out of the draft.
If coached up and he can stay healthy he can be one of the steals of the UDFA. He won’t have the mobility but he has the pass accuracy to get the job done. I project Strong to make the roster as the 3rd String QB with room to grow.
I think this room is decent. However, Hurts is an average QB right now with exceptional athleticism and he has the opportunity to prove himself this season with his upgraded receiver room. If Hurts goes down I believe his backups in Gardner and Carson have the potential to do a great job filling in and getting a couple wins.
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