By Max Harper
If there’s one thing about the Eagles that is more impressive than their flight to the the top of the NFL’s elite, it’s that quarterback Jalen Hurts got them there.
Lots of otherwise smart people questioned Hurts ability to throw, his decision-making and his dangerous running.
In fact, some in the lame-ass local media are still comparing his hype to that of Carson Wentz, who melted like a snowflake at the first sign of heat.
That would be the Inky’s Mike Sielski, who spends 1,000 words boring you to death.
The fact is that Hurts has improved exponentially since he got here in 2020.
And The Athletic has put a fine point on his progress:
Somewhere in all of this is third-year quarterback Jalen Hurts: a former second-round pick, the insurance plan to Carson Wentz, the perceived holdover for a new quarterback to be acquired at a later date.
Nobody told Hurts that he was just a bridge.
Hurts ranks fifth in the league in EPA per dropback and eighth in completion percentage over expectation, captaining a better passing attack than anyone thought possible with a run-first quarterback at the helm—oh, and that run-first quarterback has four rushing touchdowns, which is third-best in the NFL, and over 200 rushing yards in the league’s sixth-best rushing attack by EPA per play.