The Eagles shockingly drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
It seems like analysts and reporters were trying to think of every angle for why Philadelphia would make such a move. One that has been floated around was that if a player tests positive for COVID-19 next season, he’d likely miss several games. If that happens to the QB (Carson Wentz in this case), a team would want to have a solid backup ready, as PFT’s Mike Florio explores.
Then there’s the coronavirus angle, which at least one reporter has mentioned (and which at least one other reported privately has mocked). If the NFL plays this year, and unless the players are quarantined from their families and/or society, any player could test positive, at any time. If it’s the starting quarterback who gets abruptly shut down for several weeks, it makes more sense than ever to have a replacement ready to go.
Sure, it’s something. Maybe the Eagles feel better about this particular scenario with Hurts in the fold. Maybe bettors should feel better about taking the over on the Eagles’ win totals or any future Philadelphia bet, though it shouldn’t be a major factor in those type of decisions despite Wentz’ lengthy injury history.