Comparing 2 Philadelphia Eagles legends at QB to Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles have fielded a few quarterbacks Jalen Hurts can learn from.

Training camp is underway, and one thing is on everyone’s mind, will Jalen Hurts prove to the Philadelphia Eagles that he is long term solution for the team? The 2021 season will be Hurts’ second in the NFL and first full season as a starter.

Believe it or not, he is not the first dual-threat Eagles quarterback to begin his career by playing a handful of games and then taking the full reins in his second season. Philadelphia Eagles legends Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham had similar starts to their NFL journey.

Both McNabb and Cunningham had to wait their turn to become the full-time starter, with Doug Pederson and Ron Jaworski starting head of them, respectively.

Just like Hurts, McNabb and Cunningham weren’t the best passers in their rookie season. All three were great runners of the football, and that’s what got people talking.

So how did the McNabb and Cunningham fair? McNabb led the Eagles to five NFC Conference Championships and one Super Bowl appearance. Cunningham would be known as one of the most prolific dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history.

Doubters may question whether or not Hurts can succeed, but McNabb and Cunningham are evidence that he can be a successful quarterback in this league. Let’s look at how they shook off their rookie season struggles to become legendary Eagles.