How Philadelphia Eagles will remain NFC East’s best rushing team
Dare we say that the Philadelphia Eagles’ QB1 needs to run more?
In 2020, just in case you weren’t paying attention, Philly’s quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Carson Wentz, combined for 630 yards on the ground, which is almost half the total of Miles Sanders and Boston Scott posted together (1241 yards).
While a lot of what Wentz and Hurts did came when the two felt the pocket was collapsing, but while the long-term goal is to keep Jalen Hurts protected and in the pocket, this offense could still benefit from some designed runs. Hurts definitely benefited from that strategy as a rookie.
If the Eagles’ offensive line can give Hurts some time in the pocket, imagine some of the designed runs they could draw up to exploit the weakest parts of their opponent’s defense when Number 1 forces opposing defenses to respect his legs and his arm.
A nice goal for QB1 would be somewhere around 400 rushing yards or more this upcoming season. He ran for over 354 yards last season, and the most important part of that was he didn’t take the reins until later in the year. He’ll need to protect the ball. Hurts is credited with six fumbles during the 2020 season, and that isn’t great when you are trying to have some consistency on the field.