2 Thoughts on 2021’s Philadelphia Eagles potentially taking a QB early

Jalen Hurts #2, Carson Wentz #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #2, Carson Wentz #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
3 of 4
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Hurts needs to improve to solidify himself as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starter.

There are some concerns about Hurts’ game, and some of them are as easy to identify as the positives. There are concerns about his deep ball. That could definitely use some work. He threw missed wide-open targets. Remember that deep ball to a wide-open Jalen Reagor in Week 17?

Let’s not forget that time he hit DeSean Jackson in stride while under duress versus Dallas or when he dotted up Greg Ward on the move in the Green Bay game, but at times, the misses came as frequently as hits.

He missed a wide-open Quez Watkins on fourth and goal in Week 17. When we discuss arm strength, that isn’t just about how far a quarterback can throw a football. It’s also about the velocity and zip that they can get on the shorter and intermediate throws.

Hurts was throwing off of his back foot on that one, but the play was still there to be made. Another thing that stood out from time to time was the fact that he bailed out of the pocket prematurely instead of standing in and waiting a little longer for things to develop.

At times, there were opportunities to make a throw, but he gave up on the play early and used his legs. As you’d imagine, that worked sometimes, but there were other times where it cost the team. Hurts’ decision-making was strong, as mentioned earlier, but there were a few confusing throws from Jalen in the last two weeks that he needs to clean up moving forward.