Time flies huh? Then again, there are times when it feels like it drags by. It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we uncorked the champagne to celebrate the dawn of a new year. It also feels like that rear-end whooping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round of the most recent NFL postseason was a year and a half ago. Then, there’s the City of Brotherly Love’s QB1 of the moment, Jalen Hurts.
The 2022-2023 regular season will be Hurts’ third in the NFL and his second full season as Philly’s starter. The reviews have been mixed, and that’s putting things mildly.
Some say we’ve already seen his ceiling, and it’s time to move on. Others say his detractors should be patient. After all, it took time for guys like Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott to find some consistency. Everyone won’t produce immediate results like Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow, even if that’s what fans and the media want.
As was the case this time last year, every discussion involving Hurts tends to bring up a familiar storyline. We’re approaching an 18-week, 17-game audition for Philadelphia’s starting quarterback job, and Birds enthusiasts can’t stop talking about him. Here are a few recent takes from the Twitterverse.
Very interesting stuff. Still, the most unique mention of Jalen Hurts came in a recent write-up by Christian D’Andrea of USA TODAY.
Jalen Hurts lands in an unfavorable but expected QB tier in a recent stability ranking.
Here’s one of the stories that has to be classified as brilliant, albeit a story many pro football fans could have written. Truthfully, we wish we had thought of it first. D’Andrea took every NFL team’s quarterback situation and stacked them into tiers based on stability.
The top tier consists of teams that have a young signal-caller and know that he’s ‘the guy’. That’s followed by tier two, ‘He’s old and (he’s) the guy’.
What follows is the conversation about tiers three through seven. They’re as follows: ‘he’s young and we hope he’s the guy’, the Kirk Cousins tier (it makes sense if you think about it), ‘he’s experienced, but we’d love an upgrade’, ‘they’re young(ish) and probably not the guys’, and the placeholders aka ‘warm bodies who kind of looks like a starter.
Even if you didn’t take the time to read this one, you already know where Jalen Hurts lands, don’t you? He’s in the ‘he’s young and we hope he’s the guy’ category. It’s hard to argue with that one, right? Here’s some of what was said:
"Hurts, like (Mac) Jones, has a playoff start under his belt. He also has a long way to go for his passing game to match the usefulness of his running."
Joining Jalen in tier three is six other intriguing guys that we can’t stop mentioning: Tua Tagovailoa, the aforementioned Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Davis Mills, and Trevor Lawrence.
It’s going to be a very intriguing year in the National Football League. We’ll see if the upswing continues. One thing is certain.
The Eagles had better add some offensive firepower in the NFL Draft. They sure didn’t do Jalen any favors in free agency. Zach Pascal and Devon Allen? Really? Pascal received lower Pro Football Focus final grades than Jalen Reagor. Allen is a two-time Olympian who hasn’t played football since 2016, and that was at Oregon with the Ducks.