Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts disrespected in recent ranking

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Let’s say it in unison, even though we’ve already said it 100 times or more already. The Jalen Hurts era is officially underway in the City of Brotherly Love with our beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Pat yourselves on the back because Heaven knows that you deserve it. Look at what you’ve endured. You sat through a 4-11-1 campaign in 2020 after enduring two very average 9-7 seasons. So much for that ‘new norm’ huh?

Would this be the Philadelphia Eagles version of ‘darkest before the dawn’?

Yes, you’ve definitely been through a lot as an Eagles fan recently. As if all of the stress what you saw in 2020 wasn’t bad enough, you dealt with whatever that was with Carson Wentz and the rumors of Philly taking a quarterback in the first round of the most recent NFL Draft.

Fortunately, they elected to find Hurts weapons instead of finding him some in-house competition. The Philadelphia Eagles invested a second-round draft choice in Hurts during the 2020 NFL Draft. They have to see if he can become something.

The question is can he do it? You’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of people that have their doubts.

PFF has their thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller.

They frustrate us at times. They enlighten us at others, but regardless of what side of the argument you find yourself sitting on, the stat gurus at Pro Football Focus always seem to find a way to grab our attention.

Recently, they shared a list ranking all 32 starters ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Jalen Hurts landed at 31, finishing ahead of only Drew Lock. Seriously?

Okay, Hurts had some struggles, and he went 1-3 in four games, but even though no one brings this up, the argument can be made that he had a shot at finishing with a .500 record if his team would have let him finish the season finale.

31st? What gives? This is how Bruce Gradkowski, the writer of this one, explained the decision.

"Jalen Hurts will get his opportunity to showcase not only his skills but his leadership heading into 2021. Hurts provided an immediate spark last season, but the wheels started to fall off after that. Hurts must manage the game with better decision-making.  He finished the season with nine turnover-worthy plays in the last four games. If Hurts wants to be the guy in Philadelphia, then he needs to protect the ball better. His leadership and poise will bring the team together, but production and winning football games must follow."

What’s truly strange is Gradkowski ranked three rookies higher when none of them has ever played in an NFL game. That has to be seen as a slap in the face. Trevor Lawrence finished 21st (one spot ahead of Jimmy Garoppolo). Justin Fields landed at 25 and Zach Wilson landed at 30.

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We’ll have to wait and see how QB1 progresses as the Eagles’ 2021-2022 season rolls along, but this one’s a head-scratcher. As a matter of fact, as Birds fans, we all should be asking for a recount.