There have been some very impressive individual performances throughout the NFL in the first three weeks of the season. Several players are having breakout seasons, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.
There was no denying the impact that Hurts could have as a starter in this league given his strength and athleticism. His rushing ability was his best asset, and he has showcased that plenty this season.
Through three games, Hurts has run for 167 yards and three touchdowns. He is 21st in rushing yards and tied for the second most rushing touchdowns. But, if he wanted to really help turn the Eagles into a winning team, he would have to make strides as a passer.
Philadelphia’s front office made sure he had the pieces around him to succeed, acquiring A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans during the 2022 NFL Draft to upgrade his weapons. Adding Brown to 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert was exactly the type of upgrade Hurts needed.
Thus far, the addition has paid off handsomely. Hurts has looked great, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 916 yards and four touchdowns, throwing only one interception. He is leading the league with 9.3 yards gained per attempt and 13.9 yards gained per completion.
Put that all together and you have the player with the highest passing grade in the NFL. According to PFF, Hurts’ 88.2 passing grade is pacing the league through three weeks.
Very few, if any, people thought that would be a stat that Hurts would be leading the league in at any point during the season. Hurts likely wouldn’t have been within the first five or even 10 players guessed.
That goes to show what hard work in the offseason and a franchise committed to putting the right pieces around a player can produce. There is plenty of season remaining, but Jalen Hurts looks much improved leading an Eagles team that could be among the best in the league when it’s all said and done.