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Getty DeVonta Smith during the Alabama win vs. Ohio State.

There appears to be a raging debate in Philadelphia about whether Jalen Hurts is the future face of the Eagles’ franchise. Did the dual-threat quarterback show enough in a very limited tryout to earn the job?

Everyone has an opinion on Hurts, including ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.

who revealed his latest mock draft on Tuesday’s “First Draft” podcast. He started the conversation by trying to make sense of the Carson Wentz trade — “I don’t understand it,” Kiper mused — before turning his attention to this year’s draft. Kiper isn’t sold on Hurts, but he finds it impossible for the Eagles to pass on an elite receiver at pick number six.

wasn’t expecting to see DeVonta Smith have the same calves as Justin Jefferson

(Chase built like a RB)

— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) February 22, 2021

One of the top two pass-catchers — LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Alabama’s DeVonta Smith — should still be there. Philly needs to turn their draft card back in with one of those potential game-changing SEC players on it. Don’t be tempted to take a quarterback there, not even if Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson slips down the big board.

“Do you pass on them [Chase or Smith] to take a quarterback? I don’t think so, you take one of those receivers at six — and you go for it with Jalen Hurts,” Kiper told co-host Field Yates. “You see what happens with him and next year you decide what you want to do with the quarterback. I don’t know if he earned it or showed enough but I would stick with Hurts. See how he evolves or develops.”

Following the trade of Carson Wentz, should the Eagles consider a QB at pick 6?

And choosing between Ja'Marr Chase and DeVonta Smith is hard because there is no wrong answer.

That and more with @MelKiperESPN on today's First Draft ????:

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 23, 2021

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Ex-Eagles Player Talks About QB Controversy

Former wide receiver Jason Avant returned to the Eagles’ organization as a coaching intern in 2020. He was charged with mentoring the young pass-catchers as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. He was around the team every day and walked away impressed with Hurts.

Speaking to NBC10’s John Clark, Avant said the second-year quarterback never acted like a backup. Did that make Wentz uncomfortable? Maybe.

“The thing that I loved about Jalen during this process is that Jalen never has a backup mentality,” Avant told Clark. “Jalen has always thought that he was the best quarterback in the room. And he has never said that. He’s never come out and said that. But his disposition says that. And if that made Carson uncomfortable, no one knows.”

Jason Avant coached with Eagles last year & he tells me Jalen Hurts never had backup mentality

“Jalen has always thought that he was the best quarterback in the room… If that made Carson uncomfortable, no one knows”

Jason on what happened with Carson & Eagles on NBC10 620pm

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 23, 2021

Kelly Green Uniforms … Finally!?

Is this the year the NFL changes their uniform policy regarding the one helmet rule? Hopefully.

Team owner Jeffrey Lurie has been pushing for the return of the franchise’s iconic Kelly green jerseys for years but the sticking point is that NFL franchises must stick with the same helmet for the duration of the season. That means if they were to break out Kelly green jerseys, then they would have to pair them with a midnight green helmet. No dice since that would look atrocious.

In the upcoming league meetings, the NFL is set to discuss the “one helmet rule,” which prohibits teams from having a second helmet of another color.

If reversed, it would allow the #Eagles to reintroduce the beloved Kelly Green uniforms as an alternate as early as next season.

— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) February 23, 2021

The league is expected to hold its annual owner’s meetings later this month where the rule change may be discussed. The last time the Philadelphia Eagles wore any semblance of Kelly green was 2010. Stay tuned.


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Patriots heavily scouting the top quarterbacks in 2021 NFL Draft

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One season without a franchise quarterback may have been enough for Bill Belichick.

According to a report from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots are “heavily scouting” the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“The Patriots have been heavily scouting the top five quarterbacks in the class,” Howe wrote. “Including some who would almost certainly require a trade up the board, according to several sources. That group includes Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Alabama’s Mac Jones.”

The Patriots have the No. 15 pick in the draft and it’s unlikely the top four quarterbacks would be available in the middle of the first round. Jones, who just led the Crimson Tide to a national title and had an impressive Senior Bowl week, has been getting a lot of buzz lately. He could also require the Patriots to trade up to select him in the first round.

In their first season in two decades without Tom Brady, the Patriots went 7-9 and were plagued by Cam Newton’s inconsistency. Belichick and the rest of the Patriots brass did not prioritize quarterback after Brady left for the Buccaneers last offseason.

The Patriots are scouting all the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Zach Wilson and Mac Jones.Getty Images

The Patriots signed Newton to a one-year, incentive-laden deal at the end of June. Jarrett Stidham, whom the Patriots drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, did not impress in his brief opportunities and does not appear to be their quarterback of the future.

Although Belichick and Newton have spoken glowingly of each other, it seems unlikely he will be back in a starting role for New England.

Though Belichick is usually loathe to trade up in the draft, it is possible last season’s frustrations — and watching Brady lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl —  could shift the franchise’s priorities.

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