The Philadelphia Eagles’ offense is now in the hands of Jalen Hurts, though he can wait until the start of the 2021 NFL regular season before he can have its full use. For now, he’ll have to be contented sharing duties under center with the pair of Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens. Hurts played a bit in the Eagles’ Week 1 game in the 2021 preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday and earned praise and some nitpicking from head coach Nick Sirianni, per Jeff Skversky.
Nick Sirianni says he thought Jalen Hurts played even better than he thought after watching the tape of Thursday’s preseason game
Sirianni said on 1 play the Eagles QB should have let it rip though, a small correction they will talk about today
In that game, Hurts went 3 of 7 for 54 passing yards and also rushed once for four yards. There’s nothing spectacular in those numbers, but does anyone really care? If he made a short-sighted decision on the field, that’s what these glorified scrimmages are for: to smoothen those rough patches and ensure that both the offense and the stop unit are on the same page once the regular season kicks off.
Hurts has the starting gig locked up, so there’s no reason for him to go 100 percent with and against a bunch of second and third-stringers on the field. Meanwhile, Flacco looked sharp, albeit in the 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh, throwing for 178 yards and a touchdown without an interception on 10-of-17 completions.
Flacco’s not going to steal Hurts’ job but his performance was a good sign for the Eagles, who finished just 26th in 2020 with 20.9 points per game.