Following just about every Philadelphia Eagles game, whether it be a game played in the preseason or the regular season, most of us, regardless of whether we type the words out or think about them subconsciously, always think about who the stars were or the guys that could have given a better effort. In media, those guys can sometimes be designated as the ‘biggest winners and losers’ or the ‘studs and duds’.
As strange as it sounds, some guys can win without even playing a down. We saw that in Jalen Hurts‘ absence in Philly’s second preseason game.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is back at practice and competing.
Two-thirds of the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason slate of games are behind us. They have not gone by without controversy. Most recently, Philly took the field for a litmus test versus a team that’s both coming off of a disappointing run in 2020 and perhaps the greatest dynasty in the history of professional sports, the New England Patriots.
We knew, coming in, that the play of the quarterbacks would be a huge talking point on both sides, and it was. Unfortunately, the biggest stories coming out of both camps were how well the guys played from Foxborough and the fact that Philadelphia’s signal-caller, despite being seen in pregame warmups, was scratched from the lineup just minutes before kickoff and wound up ultimately, leaving the field.
Hurts, without even playing a down in that game versus the Patriots, looks a whole lot better now. He may need to develop more. He may not be the prototypical passer at this point of his career, but he’s a much better option than Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens (the latter may not even make this team).
Often, when rosters are crafted, you hear phrases like ‘these guys give this team the best opportunity to win’. In his absence, we learned that about Hurts. If Philly succeeds or fails in 2021, they’ll need to do so with Hurts under center. He gives this team the best opportunity to win.
On this past Thursday, stomach pain kept him out of the lineup. The following Sunday, he was back on the field, and ladies and gentlemen, whether you’re optimistic or fearful about what you’ll see from the Philadelphia Eagles during the coming season, here are the facts. Hurts being back on the field and competing is excellent news for this football team.