Jalen Hurts report card vs. Lions: Sometimes underwhelming works

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
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Have the Eagles discovered the best formula for handling Jalen Hurts?

Call it what you want, but even though he started four games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020 and appeared in 15 games total as a rookie, Jalen Hurts‘ 2021-2022 NFL season as Philly’s full-time starter at the quarterback position basically equates to his true rookie season.

His first 12 starts in the NFL have been like a dance, one you find yourself doing at every wedding reception. Jalen Hurts’ Cha-Cha Slide looks a little different though: two steps forward, two steps backward, and slide to the right when in danger.

Hurts’ propensity (and his desire) to scramble to the right is another of the more obvious parts of his game. 99 times out of 100, that’s where he wants to run when plays break down. Every defensive coordinator on Planet Earth knows that.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ offense has been described as bland, unimaginative, and predictable. Hurts has been asked to do too much, or he’s taken it upon himself to do too much. As a result, we’ve learned nothing more about QB1 that we didn’t already know before the season started.

But, in Detroit during Week 8, we learned something else. The Eagles can commit to running the ball and stick with it, and even though their quarterback only completed nine passes (and only attempted 14), Philly won by 38 points.

Who would have thunk? Buckle up, we have much to discuss. Here’s the Week 9 report card for Jalen Hurts.