The Giants will not be seeing double but they will be seeing two quarterbacks on the field at the same time Thursday night. Carson Wentz has taken 100 percent of the snaps in the first six games, but rookie Jalen Hurts is receiving increased playing time, used in tandem with Wentz.
It was a strange selection, taking Hurts — the former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback — in the second round of the NFL draft, considering Wentz was given a four-year extension worth $128 million. So much draft equity for a gadget player? Hurts was on the field a season-high seven snaps in Sunday’s 30-28 loss to the Ravens. He ran the ball twice for 23 yards and caught one pass for 3 yards.
“Jalen was making people look silly out there,’’ receiver Travis Fulgham said.
The Eagles will be without their top two offensive players when they face the Giants. Running back Miles Sanders, coming off a 118-yard rushing game that included a 74-yard burst, is expected to be out with a knee injury. Zach Ertz, the Pro Bowl tight end, will miss 3-4 weeks with a high ankle sprain. The Giants play the Eagles twice in 24 days, meaning they might not have to deal with Ertz this season.
With their top options out, figure the Giants will see plenty of Hurts.
“You saw some of what we call ‘X’ plays or plays that are sort of un-scouted with him have been productive for us in the last three or four weeks,’’ head coach Doug Pederson said Monday. “I think it’s something that we’ve got to continue to explore. It does give us the ability to run the football with him, so he’s like another — I don’t want to say he’s another running back, but he’s a quarterback that can run the zone-read plays from the quarterback position.
“It’s something that we’re definitely going to continue to explore each week, if it’s conducive; it has been successful for us, and I could see things continuing each week that way.’’
The Eagles could be getting back receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring).
“It doesn’t matter who’s in there,’’ Giants coach Joe Judge said. “They’re all very capable.’’