Jalen Hurts Is On A Short Leash In 2022

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – JANUARY 02: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball during the first quarter against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on January 02, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Author: Steve Rivera @IamSteveRivera

2022-5-6T20:00

Jalen Hurts will have to ramp-it up early in 2022. The Philadelphia Eagles have made it clear that the leash will be short, and few excuses will be accepted.

Hurts is expected to perform, and perform like an NFL No. 1 quarterback. With the arrival of A.J. Brown, the expectation is that Jalen will now make that quantum leap, leaving mediocrity and inconsistency behind. 

It won’t be easy based on history. Hurts has been a better runner than a passer. From a completion percentage, he’s still under water at below 60%. During the 2021 season, he only threw for 16 touchdowns in 15 starts. Clearly, improvement will have to come quickly.

One thing in Hurts favor is Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie:

I think what you do know is you have a guy that is incredibly dedicated, (an) excellent leader of men. Players around him gravitate toward him. He will do anything and everything to get better and work on every weakness he has and try to maximize every strength that he has. That’s why we’re committed to Jalen at age 23.”

With all that said, fans in Philadelphia can be tough. Another rough start and the tide can turn quickly. Like Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, year three is about more than progressing. Miami added Tyreek Hill. Hill should make Tua better. If not, Teddy Bridgewater is waiting in the wings.

It’s the same situation for Jalen Hurts. The Eagles will have the quick hook if things begin to go sideways. While backup quarterback Gardner Minshew has been up and down, so has Hurts. Just know this, fans in Philadelphia can be tough. Then again, so can the Eagles organization.

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