Atlanta Falcons facing Jalen Hurts in opener, and that’s not a bad thing

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons finally know who will be lining up under center to face their defense in week one. The Eagles have named second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts the starter for their week one matchup.

For the Eagles, the fact it took them this long to name Hurts their starter speaks to the absolute disarray the franchise finds themselves in.  This is the same team that opted to move on from Nick Foles after his improbable Super Bowl run.

They wanted to send a clear message that Carson Wentz was their quarterback and they didn’t want Nick Foles waiting to step in when Wentz inevitably got hurt. An understandable direction considering Foles’ inability to keep a starting job long-term and Wentz having youth on his side.

However, the Eagles doubting their own move opted to draft Jalen Hurts last season ultimately benching Carson Wentz after he struggled for the majority of the season. Inserting Hurts and benching Wentz it seemed the Eagles were once again moving in a different direction.

The Atlanta Falcons are facing an unknown commodity in Jalen Hurts

Opting to trade their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts in the off-season and eating a large-cap hit in the process the Eagles were thought to be all in on Hurts.  This wasn’t the case, however, the Eagles brought in Joe Flacco and Gardner Minshew and waited until the last moment to announce Hurts the starter refusing to give him the job insisting it was a competition with Flacco.

If you’re the Atlanta Falcons you cannot be happier with the Eagles saga and the way the preseason has played out. The Eagles are a team in complete disarray a team getting ready to face a veteran offense who is going to put up a lot of points against an aging and underwhelming Philly defense.

You can’t help but feel bad for Hurts and the tough situation he has been put in thus far in Philadelphia. A situation that will have him underprepared and unable to beat a superior Atlanta Falcons team in week one.

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