The negative chatter surrounding Jalen Hurts may have been heavy overblown.
The 2022 NFL draft took place earlier this month, and while there were plenty of news-making picks, the biggest impact move of all entailed a veteran player changing teams. The trade that sent A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles made him the latest big-name pass-catcher to move franchises and sign a massive contract. It gave the Eagles offense a major boost and Jalen Hurts a formittable weapon that he did not really have in 2021.
We know that because a Twitter user posted a video compilation that shows some of Hurts’ best throws of the year, but they were all ruined by his teammates driopping the passes.
Hurts admitted to reporters that his consistency needs to improve in 2022.
“That’s my whole entire approach going into Year 3 for me,” Hurts said. “Consistency in this league is everything. Ultimately, the work is being put in now, but that’s what I’m chasing.”
Hurts, the 53rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, earned the starting job late in his rookie season and played well enough to push Carson Wentz out the door. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the pressure is now on Hurts. The Eagles reportedly view this as a “one-year audition for their third-year quarterback, giving him a shot to demonstrate why he should be the long-term starter.
“They’re saying that Jalen Hurts is well-positioned to make himself a long-term starter because the Eagles have surrounded him with a good team. Now he’s got A.J. Brown opposite DeVonta Smith. He’s pretty much got everything he needs, and he’s embracing that pressure. This is clearly a one-year audition.”
Will Jalen Hurts grab a stranglehold of the quarterback position and lead the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths?