Here’s a deeper dive into Jalen Hurts’ statistical production.
Jalen Hurts’ ten rushing touchdowns a season ago would serve as a nice feather in the cap for any offense. His ability as a scrambler was on display as both a prep and collegiate star. His speed has never been questioned as he ran an electric 4.59-second 40-yard dash coming out of his final year at the NCAA level.
There’s one area that must improve immediately… the fumbles. He’s put the ball on the ground 18 times in two seasons. That isn’t good. That’s Daniel Jones-levels of bad.
On another note, other numbers show improvement. Pro Football Focus elevated his overall grade from 56.2 in year one to 80.8 a year ago. 56.2, plain and simple, is a bad look, but we’ll cut him some slack. He was a rook. The jump to 80.8 is encouraging though. That’s a superstar-level jump that’s teetering on adrenaline-inducing.
Hurts clearly improved as a passer from year one to year two In 2020, he boasted a rather meek six-to-four touchdown-to-interception ratio. That led to a 16-to-nine outing in 2021. Sure, you’d like to see fewer interceptions, but the 3,100 passing yards have to be seen as encouraging.
Other QBs through the years have gone from star to superstar status by the time we reach the third year of their careers. Hurts can do that if he takes the next step. Might 3500 passing yards, 900 rushing yards, and a 30-to-ten TD-to-interception ratio do the trick? It should, and with added weapons and another year in the Eagles’ offense, all of those numbers are reasonable expectations.
A year ago, Jalen Hurts ranked 19th in QBR (48.5), 29th in passer rating (87.2), and 16th in EPA (expected points added), a useful stat when identifying potential impact players on a team. How the season plays out will tell the tale. There are some intriguing QB duels on the Eagles’ schedule. Let’s focus on four of those jabronis, Kirk Cousins, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, and Aaron Rodgers right now.