The Philadelphia Eagles made a big decision last offseason, trading Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. That opened up the starting quarterback job for Jalen Hurts, who had a decent first season as a starter.
He helped lead the Eagles to the postseason, as they finished the season 9-8, going 8-7 in the 15 games that Hurts started. But, their game during Wild Card Weekend showed just how far Hurts has to go as a passer.
Deadly with his legs, Hurts helped lead the Eagles to become the best running offense in the NFL. But, his passing game does need work. He completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,144 yards, throwing 16 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions.
His inconsistencies as a passer had many people questioning if the Eagles would stick with him for the 2022 season. The organization is committed to him as the starter in 2022, as head coach Nick Sirianni, general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie are all confident in him to get the job done.
Hurts is also confident in his abilities and is ready to get going this season.
“It’s understood. It’s my opportunity. It’s my team. It’s pretty much what it is. My team, so I’m ready to go,” Hurts said.
Some of the issues in the passing game are on Hurts, who needs to continue developing his skill set. But, the Eagles should shoulder some of the blame as well. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, a second-round pick in 2019, and Jalen Reagor, a first-round pick in 2020, haven’t come close to living up to expectations.
The Eagles have looked to upgrade their receiver corps, selecting DeVonta Smith in the first round of 2021 and trading for A.J. Brown during the 2022 NFL Draft. They will certainly help Hurts in his development, as this could be his last chance to cement himself as the Eagles’ franchise quarterback going forward.