Indianapolis Colts fans were hoping Carson Wentz leaving Philadelphia would shed him of all the dramatic baggage, but on Friday new Eagles starter Jalen Hurts didn’t allow that to progress in the manner in which many were hoping.
When the Eagles traded Wentz to Indy, there was already a jersey number “discussion” with wideout Michael Pittman Jr. that the media blew out of proportion before hearing the story.
Pittman currently wears No. 11, which was Wentz’s number in Philly, so Wentz merely asked him if he’d be willing to give it up.
Pittman said no, Wentz was fine with it, and chose No. 2.
You know who else wore No. 2? Hurts. That was his number at Alabama, too.
But in an oddly-timed decision, Hurts decided to go back to No. 1 on Friday, not too long after Wentz’s jersey switch came, and now everyone’s buzzing about the “shade” we might be witnessing.
Jalen Hurts has a new number, but it has nothing to do with Colts QB Carson Wentz.
But this is a whole lot of nothing. Why? Hurts changed to No. 1 when he transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma, and one would venture to guess he would have stuck with that number (since it brought him good fortune and turned the page on his football career) for his rookie season in Philly if punter Cameron Johnston hadn’t already been in possession of it.
Johnston left the team a few weeks ago to sign a new contract with the Houston Texans, thus freeing up the digit for Hurts, who is now the starting quarterback and should have his pick of whatever he wants.
So, please, don’t let the gossipers out there convince you that Hurts couldn’t be associated with No. 2 any longer because Wentz was now wearing it.
Though reports did suggest Wentz was blindsided by the Eagles drafting Hurts and that the decision created a lot of friction within the organization, the two have publicly spoken and said they have nothing but respect for one another.
Nothing to see here. Just two quarterbacks turning over a new leaf in 2021. It’ll be enjoyable to watch them both without the unsubstantiated rumors poisoning everyone’s brain.