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GM Howie Roseman expects Jalen Hurts to become the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting QB in 2022

PHILADELPHIA - Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said he is entering the offseason with the mindset that Jalen Hurts will be the team's starting quarterback in 2022.

"We have to do what we can to keep helping him develop. And how do we do that? By surrounding him with really good players," Roseman said. "Players continue to grow - that's a big part of the development. They're growing. How they are in their second year is not how they want to be in years 4, 5, 6, 7, and they are also products of the people around. "It's up to us to continue building this team."

The Eagles have three first-round picks in the April NFL Draft (Nos. 15, 16 and 19 overall). This draft of capital, combined with the interest they showed in Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans heading into this season, gave rise to speculation that Philadelphia might try to acquire an established veteran quarterback in a trade like Watson, Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers.

Roseman did not completely rule out that possibility, saying their job is to "look at everything, evaluate every position and every player," but the message from both Roseman and coach Nick Sirianni on Wednesday was centered on supporting Hurts instead of replacing him.

"Jalen knows where he stands with us. He knows he's our quarterback," Sirianni said. "I thought he did a good job of getting better over the course of the year. There are no secrets there. He knows he's our guy."

In his first year as a starter, the 23-year-old Hurts completed 61.3% of his passes in 3,144 yards with 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions, while leading all quarterbacks with 784 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. The Eagles finished with a record of 9-8 in the regular season to secure the seventh and final NFC playoff seed.

Hurts, who has been dealing with a high sprain in his left ankle since late November, became the youngest quarterback in franchise history to start a playoff game. He battled in Sunday’s 31-15 NFC wildcard loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs, going 23-of-43 in 258 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

But Roseman and Sirianni looked enough from him in general to feel comfortable with him being the starter next season.

"When we talk about Jalen and the growth he had, first-year starter, second-year player who led this team to the playoffs, I'm hugely impressed with his work ethic, his leadership," Roseman said. "Last time we talked [to the media] was during training camp and we said we would see him take the bull by the horn and he certainly did. "

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