Jalen Hurts reveals ankle injury forced Eagles to change their offense
Over the last few weeks, one of the biggest concerns with the Eagles’ offense was the health of starting quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts suffered a sprained ankle during a loss to the New York Giants and hasn’t looked the same since. His rushing ability was impaired, and he didn’t appear to have the burst he used to.
Following the Eagles’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hurts left the game in a boot, telling reporters he hoped he wouldn’t need surgery. During their end-of-season press conferences, Hurts discussed his ankle injury and confirmed it did prohibit him from playing like he did before.
Throughout the final weeks of the season, the Eagles quarterback was on almost every injury report and even missed their game against the New York Jets due to the injury.
Coming out of the bye, Hurts averaged just 32 rushing yards per game, compared to 58 yards beforehand. Hurts’ most rushing yards in a game after his injury was 44 yards, something he did nine times this season before spraining his ankle.
The good news is this is not a long-term issue whatsoever, but it made Hurts’ passing-game woes very clear. Without his dual-threat ability, Jalen Hurts is not a starting-caliber quarterback. There’s no way around it.
Hopefully, he can improve on these issues this offseason, but it’s something to keep in mind moving into next year.
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