At this same point last season, NFL analysts and fans thought the Philadelphia Eagles had made a mistake by not moving on from Jalen Hurts.
GM Howie Roseman and HC Nick Sirianni took a leap of faith with their quarterback and gave him another elite weapon in A.J. Brown, and he responded by having an MVP-caliber season.
According to NFL analyst Mike Giardi, what makes Hurts so special is the fact that he’s always in control and isn’t bothered by the pressure or any type of coverage, and he recently said on NBC Sports Boston that he expects the quarterback to take another step forward as a passer this season.
"I absolutely love him … he went punch for punch with Patrick Mahomes [in the Super Bowl]"@MikeGiardi and Mike Felger debate whether or not Jalen Hurts is an 'elite' QB ahead of Sunday's season opener vs. the Patriots 🤔 pic.twitter.com/p4DtLP51Wu
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) September 7, 2023
Hurts was the most improved player in the league last season, and it wasn’t even close.
While not the most impressive passer, he was able to hit receivers in stride and posted video-game-like numbers.
His abilities as a scrambler and moving out of the pocket have always been there, and he would’ve been named MVP if it wasn’t for that late-season injury.
The Eagles were some defensive adjustments and a field goal away from taking down the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
And while some might expect some regression from Hurts, especially now that he’s already signed that massive contract extension, there’s no reason to think last year’s improvement won’t be an ongoing trend for another couple of seasons.
It’s hard to put your money against Hurts and the Eagles right now, and he’s — in fact — on the verge of joining the top tier of quarterbacks in today’s game.NEXT: Analyst Notes How The Eagles Will Beat Patriots