Jalen Hurts scramble selected to “Top 5 Prime Plays” by NFL RedZone viewers
Much of Philly has loved Jalen Hurts’ play the back half of this Eagles season, and NFL fans across the country are finally catching on. Habitual NFL RedZone viewers have caught glimpses at Hurts’ elite mobility, so when asked to pick the “Top 5 Prime Plays Of The Year”, it was pretty easy for them to put Hurts on the list. And I think Eagles fans know the play that made the cut.
The play viewers voted for? None other than Hurts’ ankle-breaking juke on Saints DE Carl Granderson that led to a 24-yard touchdown run, which was good for this third rushing touchdown of the day. Before we get into just how special that play was, let’s watch it back one more time.
(The whole compilation is available at the bottom).
I’ve seen that play 100 times, and it still hasn’t gotten old. The way Granderson fell to the turf like he’d been shot from a grassy knoll was simply hilarious. Especially with how much talking that Saints defensive line was doing that day.
That run helped the Eagles tally over 200 rushing yards against the Saints, becoming only the second team to do so in the last few years. The other team to break that mark? The Jalen Hurts-led eagles in 2020.
Talk about dominating an opponent.
Plus, that run broke the Eagles franchise record for rushing touchdowns in a game by a quarterback. That’s not on a team with guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who could hardly move even in their prime. Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick are two of the best running quarterbacks of all time (with severely underrated arm talent). Even a young Donovan McNabb could get jiggy outside the pocket every once in a while.
That rush by Jalen Hurts was a lot more than just a nasty juke. It was a piece of Eagles history.
Now look, there are some damn good plays in the “Top 5 Prime Plays”, but I think four was too low for this play. I get that record-breaking kicks are super duper cool or whatever, but Hurts’ run should at least be top two in terms of sheer individual quality.
Should Hurts’ scramble have been ranked higher?
Take a look for yourself and let me know if you agree:
Mandatory Credit: NJ.com