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Jalen Hurts Given +500 Odds to Start Week 1 for Eagles – Is There Value Based on Wentz’ History with Injuries?

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Updated May 8, 2020 · 5:40 AM PDT

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Taking into account Carson Wentz's history of injury, is there any value in betting Jalen Hurts at +500 to start the 2020 NFL season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles? Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr)
  • Jalen Hurts has been given +500 odds to be the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season
  • Considering the history of injuries suffered by Carson Wentz, is Hurts worth a gamble at that price?
  • See the full odds for this prop and whether it’s worth a bet below

Taking into account the injuries in the career of Carson Wentz, is there some sort of perverse wordplay at work in the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted a guy name Hurts to serve as his backup at quarterback?

There were some puzzled looks when the Eagles selected Oklahoma QB and 2019 Heisman Trophy finalist Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Considering that Wentz started all 16 regular-season games last season and led the Eagles to the NFC East title, adding a young QB didn’t appear to be a significant priority for Philly.

Then again, Wentz did suffer season-ending injuries in both 2017 and 2018, so perhaps buying an insurance policy wasn’t such a bad idea for the Eagles.

But does that make betting on Hurts to be Philly’s opening-day starter a wager you should consider? Hurts is listed with a betting line of +500 to be the Game 1 starter for the Eagles to launch the 2020 NFL regular season.

Philadelphia Eagles 2020 NFL Season Game 1 Starting QB Odds

Quarterback Odds
Carson Wentz -1000
Jaen Hurts +500
Nate Sudfeld +2000
Kyle Lauletta +4000
Cam Newton +5000

Odds taken May 8th

Wentz is the overwhelming odds-on -1000 chalk to be the man under center when the Eagles open the season Sept. 13th, facing their NFC East rival Washington Redskins on the road.

Wentz Injury Primer

Wentz and injuries have gone together since even before he landed with the Eagles. During his final season at North Dakota State in 2015, he missed time due to a broken bone in his wrist.

Wentz suffered a hairline fracture of his ribs during his first NFL preseason in 2016 but managed to start all 16 games as a rookie. He started the first 13 games of the 2017 campaign but suffered Grade 3 tears of the ACL and LCL.

He’d miss the remainder of the 2017 regular season and postseason as Philly beat New England to win the Super Bowl. Wentz also missed the first two games of the 2018 season. That’s the only time when he’s been out for a season opener.

Late in the 2018 season, Wentz again went to the sideline for the remainder of the year due to a back injury. Last season, although he started every game, Wentz left with a head injury early in Philly’s NFC Wildcard loss to the Seattle Seahawks after a dirty hit from Jadeveon Clowney.

Life’s Little Hurts

The optimist sees the double-threat that Hurts is as the perfect foil to the more traditional QB that is Wentz. The skeptic – and there’s more than two of them who reside in Philly – thinks this is a sign that the Eagles are growing frustrated by Wentz’s lengthening list of ailments.

Many NFL scouts who didn’t view Hurts as #1 QB material were excited by other possibilities he offered. As a second stringer, they see him as a player who could come in and provide uncertainty to a defense.

Hurts could fill different roles on the field, similar to Taysom Hill in New Orleans.

Always a Possibility

Wentz does get hurt a lot. That being said, he’s ended up missing just one season opener.

If you want, take a flier for a small price on Hurts at +500. It might not be the worst idea.

But ask yourself this – whose photo did the Eagles run next to their schedule release on Thursday?

Pick: Carson Wentz (-1000).

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