Grading Eagles QB Jalen Hurts’ performance through first 3 weeks of 2021 NFL season
The Philadelphia Eagles made the switch at starting quarterback from Carson Wentz to Jalen Hurts this offseason. After trading Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, it was evident that the Eagles were going all in on Hurts to be their quarterback of the future. While there was a lot of excitement surrounding Hurts, there were also quite a few fans who were pessimistic about the move.
During his rookie season in 2020, Hurts showed the ability to make big plays with his legs, but his arm left something to be desired. We have now gotten a good luck at Hurts through three starts as the full-time franchise quarterback this season.
Through the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season, Hurts has put together an up-and-down overall performance. He has completed 66 percent of his pass attempts for 780 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Hurts has also picked up 179 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
While he had a rough outing in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys in a loss, Hurts has done well overall. The former No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft has made it clear that he has the talent and potential to be a long-time starter for the Eagles.
Grading Jalen Hurts’ Performance Through Three Weeks
Even though the Eagles are just 1-2 this season with losses to the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, Jalen Hurts has been a major bright spot. After so many questions surrounding whether or not he had an NFL arm, Hurts has quieted most of those critics.
Both of his interceptions came against the Cowboys this past week. He has made mostly good decisions with the football. His ability to get into the open field and make plays has been a major plus for the Eagles as well.
Philadelphia has built a roster around Hurts that should compete on a long-term basis. DeVonta Smith is looking like a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver and Jalen Reagor has looked much better this season than he did last year as a rookie. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are both extremely talented tight ends who are capable of making big plays at any moment.
In the backfield, the Eagles have Miles Sanders, who has gotten off to a slow start this season. Despite the slow start, Sanders has loads of talent and is a major weapon moving forward for Philadelphia. Philadelphia does need to try to get him more involved than he has been thus far this season.
Looking specifically at Jalen Hurts, his ability to complete passes is much improved this season. His arm development has been obvious. Hurts has a strong arm, but his accuracy has improved dramatically.
Not only has his accuracy improved, Hurts looks like a much better leader and is more in control of the Eagles’ offense. His IQ as a field general has been a noticeable improvement as well. Hurts has also refrained from trying to force the issue, which has resulted in just two interceptions through the first three games of the season.
Overall, fans should be very happy with what they have seen from the former Oklahoma standout. Jalen Hurts may not be a superstar yet, but he is certainly on the right track to get to that level. If he continues improving and developing at the rate that he has shown so far in his young NFL career, the Eagles could find themselves back in contention before too long.
Grade For Jalen Hurts Through First Three Weeks: A-