Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts, Jordan Maliata get high grades from PFF
By Kristen Wong
No surprise here. Philadelphia Eagles players Jalen Hurts and Jordan Maliata were among the highest graded Eagles players through Week 2, per PFF.
In the Eagles’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, left tackle Jordan Mailata stood out in the trenches as the Birds’ best O-lineman, stopping elite pass-rusher Nick Bosa in his tracks.
Those of you boarding the Maliata bandwagon know he’s a rugby-converted-football player who followed an unlikely path onto this Philly team.
But in Week 2, Maliata played like a tackle with twice his experience, and he didn’t allow a single pressure to San Francisco.
The Eagles are currently tied for second in points per game allowed (11.5) and sixth in yards per game allowed (283), and much of that is due to the impressive big man at left tackle.
Other highly ranked Eagles players from Week 2 include wideout Quez Watkins, who received a PFF grade of 89.9, and Isaac Seumelo, who received a PFF grade of 85.3.
But we’ve saved the best for last here, and that player goes by the name Jalen Hurts.
Jalen Hurts, Jordan Maliata among top-graded Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2
Admittedly, Hurts earned a less-than-impressive PFF grade of 76.3 in Week 2, but after factoring in his phenomenal season opener performance, Hurts joins G.O.A.T. Tom Brady as one of the highest-graded quarterbacks in 2021 so far.
In Week 2, Hurts completed only 12 passes, only two of which were longer than 14 yards, and threw for 190 yards with no score.
Head coach Nick Sirianni thought Hurts played a ‘good game’ overall, but mentioned some areas of improvement for the young quarterback, like reading the game better or diversifying his play-calling.
What’s already been pretty established is that the man can throw. Many of his long-ball attempts in the 49ers game fell short, but boy, did he launch an absolute rocket to Watkins to make Eagles history.
Watkins’ 91-yard reception tied for the fifth-longest offensive play in franchise history and matched the longest since 1994. Sure reminds us of that wild Lamar Jackson stat comparison.
It would have been tough for any quarterback to replicate Hurts’ Week 1 brilliance, and Hurts ended up disappointing many fans (who no doubt bought Hurts’ jersey right after Week 1) with his lackluster effort in Week 2.
But PFF still thinks quite highly of Hurts, as does Sirianni and presumably the rest of the Eagles team. There’s no cause for concern just yet.