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Getty The Eagles might have a lingering quarterback debate between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts heading into the offseason.

To the outsider looking in, Jalen Hurts was mired in a sticky situation during his 2020 rookie campaign. It could have turned uncomfortable, like Superman walking in on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

Except it didn’t. Hurts wouldn’t let it.

The Philadelphia Eagles benched Carson Wentz in favor of Hurts in Week 13 that year, a bold move that signaled a changing of the guard. Wentz would eventually get traded to Indianapolis and Hurts received the keys to the kingdom. Two years and 21 starts later, Hurts is on pace for an MVP season and Wentz is slinging it for the Washington Commanders.

Jalen Hurts talked about Carson Wentz. Very professional. What else would you expect from QB1?

"It's definitely a mutual respect between the two of us. When he went to Indy, and now here, definitely a mutual respect. And I wish him nothing but the best." #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly

— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) September 21, 2022

On Wednesday, Hurts — in the middle of prepping to face Wentz this week in an NFC East showdown clouded by their complicated history — spoke on how he survived that crowded phone booth. And walked out better for it.

“I think anytime you have an opportunity to be on a team like that, with a player like him [Wentz], and coaches like we had, with the experience, it’s always a learning and teachable moment,” Hurts told reporters. “And that’s any opportunity I have. I always try to learn from everything I put myself into or every position I’m in.

“And I learned a lot. I learned a lot. And I think that’s something I preach to my teammates now, the younger guys now, take advantage of the opportunities you have when you’re not playing because it pays dividends in the end. You have to be patient, be a sponge, and soak it all in.”

Jalen Hurts on facing Wentz, and backing him up to start career: “I learned a lot.. a lot. That’s why I preach to young guys now even if you’re not playing to take every opportunity to learn.”

Says Wentz has a “great arm, really hard to tackle. It’s definitely mutual respect.”

— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) September 21, 2022

Mentoring Under Wentz: ‘Crazy Plays in the Pocket’

Hurts fielded three straight questions about Wentz during his media availability before he decided to change the conversation. Those two quarterbacks will forever be linked, a controversy fueled by the media, but there is mutual respect there.

“It’s definitely mutual respect between the two of us,” Hurts said of Wentz. “When he went to Indy, and now here, definitely a mutual respect. And I wish him nothing but the best.”

Hurts on what he learned from Wentz: "He has a great arm. He's a big guy, hard to tackle, and he just makes kind of crazy plays in the pocket. I took notice of that when I was a rookie and he still does it now. Kind of ducking and dodging and weaving." #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly

— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) September 21, 2022

Not much else needed to be said about the situation, according to Hurts. It’s over.

“I’m just going to say, we’re focused on the now,” Hurts said. “I’m focused on the now. I’m focused on the now.”

Washington QB Reflects on Years in Philadelphia

Wentz gave a 10-minute press conference to Washington reporters on Wednesday. Much like Hurts, the Commanders starter didn’t get down into the muck. He talked about how much he cherished his time in Philly, especially the 2017 Super Bowl run.

“In this league, my career has been a whirlwind, I’ll tell you that much,” Wentz told reporters, via ESPN’s John Keim. “A lot of really good memories from my time there, I’m not going to lie. Lot of great friends. Lot of great relationships that I made. So definitely have some mixed emotions in terms of those things. Nothing crazy jumps out, other than my time there was a whirlwind. It was wild.”

When asked what went wrong at the end, Wentz laughed but couldn’t provide a real answer: “I don’t know … excited to be here now.”

Wentz on facing the Eagles. More.

— John Keim (@john_keim) September 21, 2022

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Eagles Work Out Ex-AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Getty Punter Michael Palardy (5) spent four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

The Philadephia Eagles worked out two players ahead of their Week 3 matchup in Washington. The most intriguing name was Michael Palardy, a veteran punter who earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the Miami Dolphins in Week 13 last season.

Palardy, who went undrafted out of Tennessee in 2014, has bounced around eight different NFL teams while seeing action in 72 career games. His longest stay was in Carolina where he booted 243 punts for 11,011 yards or 45.3 yards per punt. The 30-year-old also spent time in the Canadian Football League and has experience handling kickoffs.

Career-long 65-yard punt ✅

Michael Palardy is the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. #FinsUp

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 8, 2021

The Eagles also brought in free agent cornerback Mark Gilbert. He toggled between the Steelers and Lions practice squads in 2021. Gilbert has appeared in eight games for Detroit last season and finished with three tackles on 47 defensive snaps, with one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie out of Duke by Pittsburgh after a left hip injury raised red flags. Fun fact: Gilbert is the cousin of future Hall of Famer Darrelle Revis. Bleacher Report rated him highly coming out of college, saying: “Gilbert has all of the tools to be an outstanding player in the league. That all mostly depends on his durability and ability to play the run.”

Mark Gilbert allowed the catch but didn’t give up on the play. Punches this one out. Shades of Charles Tillman here.

— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) November 14, 2021

Eagles List Offensive Starter ‘Questionable’ for Week 3

The Eagles listed starting left guard Landon Dickerson as “questionable” versus Washington with a foot injury on their final injury report. He missed two straight practices to end the week, although Thursday’s absence was listed as a “resting player” day. Dickerson was the lone Philly player carrying any kind of injury designation into Week 3.

Friday injury report#PHIvsWAS

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 23, 2022

The Commanders listed two players out for Sunday: DE Casey Toohill (concussion), DT Daniel Wise (ankle). Washington labeled linebacker David Mayo (ankle) and defensive end James Smith-Williams (abdomen) as questionable after both guys were limited participants at Friday’s practice.

(Editor’s note: Toohill was a seventh-round pick of the Eagles in 2020, then waived midseason before landing in Washington. He has 1.0 sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 27 career games).

DE James Smith-Williams (abdomen) said he's fine. Said he over-exerted himself and tweaked it…

— John Keim (@john_keim) September 22, 2022

Smith-Williams has been starting for the injured Chase Young. Shake Toney — a second-year man out of Penn State — is next up on the depth chart. Meanwhile, Mayo would potentially be replaced by Jon Bostic as the starting WILL linebacker.

Nick Sirianni Sends Message to Eagles Fans

Philadelphia Eagles fans have a well-known reputation as road warriors. They love packing up the face paint and supporting their team all over the country. Washington’s FedEx Field — located just 2.5 hours from Philly — is one of their favorite stadiums to invade.

I asked Nick Sirianni today “What would you like to see from #Eagles fans on Sunday at FedEx Field?” His response, and his challenge to those Eagles fans making the trip …#FlyEaglesFly

— Dave Spadaro (@EaglesInsider) September 23, 2022

Head coach Nick Sirianni loves seeing it and encouraged everyone making the trip to be loud on Sunday. He challenged them to force the Commanders into a silent cadence in their own stadium.

“Let’s make it loud,” Sirianni told Dave Spadaro. “And let’s make it difficult for them to play in their own stadium. And that would be pretty awesome.”

Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz talked about Eagles fans invading FedEx Field earlier in the week.

“I’m sure the Eagles fans will travel well like they always do,” Wentz said, “but hopefully we’re still dominating the stands there. But either way, it’ll be fun.”

Another angle of fans nearly collapsing onto Jalen Hurts ???? @brgridiron

(via @Trei_Cham)

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 3, 2022

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