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Elite: Jalen Hurts career day against the Commanders happened strictly from the pocket with a bruised knee

When it’s all said and done, it will come as no surprise that Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Jalen Hurts will be remembered as one of the best dual-threat QB’s of all time.

With that said, a huge aspect of being that style of player comes from a dynamic running game. Often times conversations about mobile QB’s is centered around their health and longevity as players. Can they stay healthy playing this way? Can they become more of a traditional pocket passer to prolong their career?

During Sunday’s 38-31 win over the Washington Commanders, Hurts was absolutely sensational. While currently hobbled by a reported bone bruise in his knee, Hurts has completely changed the way he’s playing the game for the Eagles.

Jalen Hurts had only one rushing attempt and fewest rush yards ever in a game he started.

Hurts completely transformed into a pocket passer against Washington, which turned out to be one of the best performances of his career. He completed 76 percent of his passes and threw for 319 yards to go along with four passing touchdowns and no interceptions.

Hurts tied his career high with four passing touchdowns and went over 300 total yards for the fifth straight game.

It should also be noted that his 135.7 passer rating was the 2nd-highest of his career, only trailing his 140.6 rating in the destruction of the Steelers last year at home.

Hurts joined elite Eagles company with that performance as he became the third quarterback in franchise history to complete 75 percent of his throws and pass for 300 yards with at least four TD’s and no interceptions.

The other two quarterbacks to do that in Bird’s history are Donovan McNabb and Nick Foles.

Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts

“That’s what you want from your quarterback, your leader. He played outstanding, completely outstanding. I think what you’re seeing is how good he is playing in the pocket where maybe he’s not feeling the best he can feel and can’t run or isn’t running as much that he’s playing outstanding football. I thought he played lights out.

Now, 8 weeks into the season, with a lot of football left, the Philadelphia Eagles and Jalen Hurts are still among the top few teams who can win a Super Bowl this year. The Philadelphia Eagles are now 7-1 on the season and will host the Dallas Cowboys next weekend.

I don’t think it’s too crazy to say that “the best is yet to come” with this year’s Eagles team. They have been cruising right along through 8 games with a now banged-up quarterback who’s still putting up career-highs while managing additional injuries on both sides of the football. Howie Roseman continues to tinker with the roster and that’s not even considering two “year one” defensive and offensive coordinators.

Next Up for Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles

Hello Dallas Cowboys fans. We know playing the Eagles every year is basically your Super Bowl since you haven’t sniffed one in nearly 30 years. For Hurts and the rest of the Birds here in Philadelphia, this Sunday is just another day at the office.

See you soon!

Mandatory Credit: Associated Press

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