Philadelphia Eagles star Jalen Hurts isn’t your typical dual threat

Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

In today’s NFL, offensive coordinators often seek out the dual-threat quarterbacks to lead their offensive attacks because it’s understood across the league that mobile quarterbacks place pressure on an opposing defense. A quarterback that can run and pass the ball at an elite level presents a very tough assignment for any challenger. Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts definitely fits the bill of the dual-threat, but it’s what’s underneath the cool and composed demeanor that truly makes him special.

Jalen Hurts shows his maturity through his play. You see, athletic quarterbacks come around much more frequently nowadays thanks to the increased demand for their mobile capabilities. More often than not, the challenge offensive coordinators are faced with is the fact that dual-threat quarterbacks look to make plays with their legs too quickly in the passing game before working through progressions.

The offensive systems that Jalen Hurts learned and operated in throughout his college career at the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma with The Tide and Sooners required the young quarterback to read different defensive looks often and work through progressions in the passing game. The poise and patience that the Philadelphia Eagles young quarterback displays in the pocket is uncommon in quarterbacks that run the ball as effectively as he does.

More importantly, he’s a guy that wants to work to be the best that he can be which is his best trait. He trains himself to be able to use his legs as his safety valve which happen to be deadly enough to kill you.

Jalen Hurts’ confidence is key as he moves into his first full season as the starter.

Confidence in a young NFL quarterback is vital to his success, and for Jalen Hurts, there is no inadequacy there. He lost his starting job to a freshman quarterback on the biggest stage in college football and that freshman quarterback not only reignited a stagnant offense but led the team to win the National Championship.

It’s easy to argue that series of events alone would be enough to rattle the strongest of minds, but Hurts remained at Alabama for his junior season, seemingly unbothered by the demotion, as he embraced the backup role. Even though he led the team to a comeback victory in the 2018 SEC Championship after relieving an injured Tua Tagovailoa, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma for his senior year.

There, he broke records from day one and led the team to a conference championship and a college football playoff appearance. It was an amazing senior campaign that earned him Heisman runner-up honors.

light. Trending. Ranking every QB the Eagles face in 2021

No, the kid isn’t perfect. There are throws that he could hit more consistently, but what he has done consistently is win games. The Philadelphia Eagles’ front office recognizes that. Furthermore, the throws that Hurts will be asked to make in new head coach Nick Sirianni’s offensive system are well within his capabilities.

One thing that Jalen Hurts understands better than most is that no one is above being replaced, and it is that understanding that fuels the fire. The 2021 season could be the official coming-out party for Jalen Hurts. Eagle fans have more than their fair share of reasons to be excited.