The Philadelphia Eagles have made a commitment to second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts entering the 2021 NFL season and it’s clear that he will be their starting quarterback. After trading Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, the hype immediately began to rise for Hurts. Now, he will have a ton of pressure to prove the Eagles right for making the change and Fantasy Football players will have a tough choice to make as well.
Hurts came in and took over the starting quarterback job for the Eagles last season. He ended up completing 52 percent of his pass attempts for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. In addition to his passing numbers, he racked up 354 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
At 22 years of age, no one truly knows what to expect from Hurts this season. Many believe that he possesses star potential, while others don’t think he has what it takes to be the long-term starter for the Eagles.
Especially for Fantasy Football players this season, Hurts is a relatively risky commodity. He might end up being a starting-caliber quarterback in leagues, or he could end up being a huge bust that sits the bench or ends up being a cut candidate.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at some projections for Jalen Hurts this season with the Eagles.
What To Expect From Jalen Hurts In 2021
Let’s start by taking a look at the supporting cast that will surround Hurts in his second NFL season.
Philadelphia also made the offseason moves to part ways with Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. To replace them, they went out and drafted Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Jalen Reagor is expected to take a step forward in his development and Travis Fulgham was a solid target in 2020.
At the tight end position, the Eagles still have both Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz on the roster. Ertz was expected to be traded, but that did not happen this offseason. He could still end up getting dealt, but the franchise may opt to keep the two tight ends around at least for the start of the season.
Miles Sanders is a talented running back and the Eagles also brought in Kerryon Johnson this offseason. Boston Scott is a solid receiving back for Philadelphia as well.
With all of those supporting pieces, we are projecting that Jalen Hurts will complete 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,100 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He will also rush for 650 yards and five touchdowns.
Those numbers make him a valuable Fantasy Football backup quarterback and will help prove that the Eagles have a long-term option at quarterback. Hurts has a lot of work left to do, but his 2021 season will be entertaining, to say the least.