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December 04, 2021

Report: Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts out vs. Jets; Gardner Minshew to start

Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts has been ruled out Sunday against the New York Jets, and Gardner Minshew will start in his place, according to a report from Derrick Gunn.

Hurts injured his ankle last Sunday against the New York Giants, and has apparently not recovered in time for Sunday's game against the Jets. 

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The Eagles traded a sixth-round pick for Minshew in August. He got some playing time in a blowout win against the Detroit Lions earlier this season, but this will be his first "real" action as an Eagle quarterback. 

Minshew, who turned 25 in May, was a sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. He played in 23 games in his two-year career with the Jags, starting 20, with a record of 7-13 on a bad team. His stats:

 YearComp-Att (Comp %) Yards (YPA) TD-INT QB rating 
 2019285-470 (60.6%) 3271 (7.0) 21-6 91.2 
 2020216-327 (66.1%) 2259 (6.9) 16-5 95.9 

Minshew is a more polished passer than Hurts, but obviously does not possess Hurts' ability as a runner. While the Eagles would like to get as much of an evaluation on Hurts as they can by watching him play, this will be an interesting opportunity to have a different quarterback run Nick Sirianni's offense, for comparative purposes.

Minshew's opportunity will come against the team with the worst point differential in the NFL, at -135.

As a reminder, the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback is Reid Sinnett, who the Eagles claimed off of waivers in October.

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