Report: Eagles expect another ‘major jump’ from Jalen Hurts in 2023
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts went from a middle-of-the-road signal caller in 2021 to an MVP candidate in 2022, culminating in a trip to Super Bowl 57 and signing one of the richest contracts in NFL history this offseason.
At 24 years old with the work ethic of a grizzled veteran, there’s no reason to doubt Hurts’ ability to continue getting better. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, that’s exactly what the Eagles organization is expecting out of Hurts entering the 2023 season.
Fowler appeared on Sportscenter on Sunday to share some insight on the Birds during their OTA sessions.
Fowler: “[The Eagles] expect that Hurts can make another major jump.”
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“[The Eagles] believe [Hurts] can be one of those elite, precision-type of pocket passers,” Fowler said. “He’s thrown the ball really well, he’s just comfortable in everything he’s doing. They know he’s a leader, they know he’s going to work extremely hard, but they feel like there’s no reason why he can’t be even more of a precision-type pocket passer. His completion percentage has grown every year from the 50s as a rookie to about 66 percent last year. So, they believe he’s in a great place.”
Looking at Hurts’ stats from last season, it’s hard to pinpoint any areas where he could drastically improve. He posted a 16-2 record on the season (including playoffs), while tallying 35 total touchdowns to just six interceptions. Hurts also managed to complete over 65 percent of his passes with a passer rating of 101.5.
With his elite running ability, it’s easy to overlook just how efficient Hurts was as a passer last year – especially from the pocket.
Jalen Hurts stats from the pocket in 2022:
|Completion Percentage||72.5 (1st)|
|Passer Rating||111.8 (1st)|
Statistically, Hurts was the best pocket passer in the NFL last season. Can he realistically improve on that output? I’m not sure it’s fair to expect that out of him.
If Hurts can carry his level of play from 2022 into 2023, that’ll be more than enough for most fans. Looking through the so-called franchise quarterbacks the Eagles have had in the post-McNabb era, consistency escaped all of them. From Michael Vick to Carson Wentz, none of them managed to build from one year to the next. Elite play on a consistent basis is what we should expect out of Hurts moving forward.
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