Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts slowly silencing rumors of upgrade

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

If you’ve been paying close attention to the Philadelphia Eagles, there are certain things that you should know about Jalen Hurts by now. His maturity is off of the charts. None of his teammates can talk about him without making some statement about his leadership. He’s everything, from the neck up, that you want in your starting signal-caller.

Still, as likeable as he is, most of what he’ll be judged for will be what he does on the football field, and so far, that’s what his biggest challenge has been.

You’ve heard all about the fact that, at this point in his career, his ability as a scrambler far outweighs what he’s done as a passer. You’ve also heard about his 52-percent completion percentage as a rookie.

Coming into 2021’s version of training camp, the concern was there about his accuracy, but fortunately, as we celebrate his birthday on August 7th, despite a tough day at practice, we also have to mention something that should put a smile on your face if you’re an Eagles fan. So far, more often than not, he appears to be on-target than off.

The Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is slowly silencing the rumors of upgrades.

As camp broke on August’s first Saturday, the reviews of the Philadelphia Eagles were less than favorable. Take a look at some of the highlights.

It hasn’t been all bad though as QB1 has been on the money from time to time. Take a look.

Clearly, though quarterbacks are often the lightning rod for everything that goes wrong with a team’s offense (and they get too much credit when things go right at times), everything that’s gone wrong with Philly’s offense can’t be blamed on QB1.

Here’s the skinny. Hurts has four starts under his belt for his career. He isn’t polished yet, but there’s something there. He’s had good days. He’s had bad days, but everyone needs to calm down. That’s par for the course with a second-year signal-caller.

It’s August. Let him make his mistakes. He should be fine. No one thought he was Drew Brees yet.

He’s given us reasons to believe. He’s given us cause for worry. Jalen Hurts has been both consistent and inconsistent at practice. He’s given us reason to ask for a positional upgrade, and at times, we’ve seen him answer the critics. No one should be blamed if they’re feeling a little impatient.

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At least Carson Wentz isn’t still here. He would have buckled under the pressure, or he’d possibly be on the injured reserve by now. As Birds fans, trust and believe that things will get better, but let’s be honest. No one should act like this offense isn’t a cause for concern. They’ve got a long way to go before they’re ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

In terms of Jalen Hurts. He’s silencing the doubters, even if he’s doing it slowly, but he’s a quarterback in the National Football League. Even if he does his job perfectly, someone will find something to complain about.