We want 25 passing touchdowns or more from Jalen Hurts.
The goal on offense this offseason was a simple one. Find a way to improve the offense around Jalen Hurts. They have done that in one swoop (pun intended) with the addition of A.J. Brown, but the acquisition of Zach Pascal shouldn’t be taken lightly either.
The six-foot-two, 215-pound Pascal is, for lack of a better description, an improved version of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. He provides another security blanket for QB1 in the red zone and on third downs. You already know how talented many of the familiar mainstays (DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell, and Boston Scott for instance) can be if they’re healthy and on top of their games.
After throwing for 26 touchdown passes as a senior at Channelview High School, Jalen has been unable to equal that feat again other than his one-and-done run with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2019 when he tossed 32 scores, but these NFL defenses are a long way from what he saw in the Big 12.
Fear not. With another year in the same system under his belt, Hurts, standing behind the best offensive line in the game, will be fine. We know of his dual-threat ability. We know of his leadership. It’s been said that he needs to take the next step, and everything needed for that to happen is present.
We’re calling for 25 touchdown passes in his second full season as the starter. Call it a bold prediction or, again, an aggressive goal, but with solid skill players, a favorable schedule, and 17 games to get this done (he only appeared in 15 games a year ago), he has everything he needs to make this happen.