If you’re the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to gameplan creatively.
Some guys are just different: Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson. It’s one thing to prepare for talented quarterbacks. It’s another thing entirely to have to prepare for a quarterback, and he might be the best athlete on the field in that upcoming game. That’s exactly the quandary that the Philadelphia Eagles face on Sunday.
After going belly up in a winnable game during Week 5’s NFL slate, the ‘Birds’ return home to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ and the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field for another huge test in Week 6. This one pits them against the reigning league MVP, Lamar Jackson, and the high-powered Baltimore Ravens.
How do the Eagles prepare for a quarterback who will step on the field and be a better athlete than the other 21 men that will share the field with him? Well, if you’re Philadelphia, you have a couple of nice athletes playing the quarterback position too, and the rookie, Jalen Hurts drew an interesting assignment this week.
Jalen Hurts is mimicking Lamar Jackson at Philadelphia Eagles practice.
Eagles fans and members of the media have touched on ways to get Hurts more involved on gamedays. Heading into Week 6’s tilt, there’s been some discussion about what he’s been doing in practice. According to NBC Sports Philly’s own John Clark, Philly’s talented rookie is looking to help his team get ready for the Ravens by using his own athletic gifts.
He’s been mimicking what Philly expects to see from Jackson. Clark puts it this way.
"I’m told Jalen Hurts is playing the role of Lamar Jackson at Eagles practice and giving the Eagles defense a lot of good looks on what to expect Sunday… Jim Schwartz says Lamar is “probably the most dangerous player in the league”."
It’s been done before. It’s interesting. Hopefully, it works and the ‘Birds’ are well prepared for one of the game’s young signal-callers.
There’s been no word as to whether or not Hurts asked for more money for these practice sessions, seeing as how he’s playing a starting quarterback’s role and all. You can take that comment however you deem appropriate. But anyway, this is Philly’s first introduction to Mr. Jackson. So far in 2020, he’s thrown for 949 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s added another 238 yards on 41 totes, and he’s also reached the end zone once with his legs.