Jalen Hurts’ must-see quarterback duels on the Eagles 2022 NFL schedule

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
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60. . . . Kirk Cousins, Vikings (Week 2). . player

Kirk Cousins has been criticized but fairly consistent for a while now. His journey is one that Jalen Hurts can learn from.

Say what you want about Kirk Cousins. The Philadelphia Eagles will be more than pleased if Jalen Hurts develops the type of arm talent that the former Michigan State Spartan has.

Cousins often gets ridiculed, and the criticism never made much sense as he’s been rather consistent. Well, there is that thing about his performances in big-time games, but he definitely has the statistical resume to back up claims of him being one of the game’s better passers.

He’s shredded the Eagles a time or two.

Cousins posted fantastic PFF scores during each of the past three NFL seasons, 84.4, 83.4, and 88.2. The Minnesota Vikings truly have a good one.

Kirk has consistently put up 4,000 yards passing in previous seasons, a plateau that Hurts has yet to reach. Heck, some say he’ll never do so. Cousins can put the ball in the end zone. He’s thrown are rather impressive numbers in the last three seasons, 26.35. and 33 TDs respectively. There isn’t a Birds fan on Planet Earth that wouldn’t be thrilled if Jalen Hurts could somehow do the same.

In fairness, Hurts produced 26 total TDs (when you include his rushing scores). There’s no reason to believe he can’t do what Kirk Cousins does statistically, but he must improve as a passer. NFL teams want to see their signal-callers beat teams with their arm. It’s the only way to win consistently.

Cousins, in 2021, was 15th in QBR (52.3), sixth in passer rating (103.1), and 12th in EPA. Most would love to see a jump in Hurts’ passer rating, but that will come down to improvements in the area of catchable pass rate, where Hurts ranked 30th.

In other words, he has to put the ball where it needs to be. Let’s put things this way. All of these incompletions aren’t the fault of the receiver. He has time. Again, Jalen is 23 years old. Kirk is 33.