Here are a few random thoughts and Jalen Hurts’ final grades for Week 1.
Most of Jalen Hurts’ scrambles weren’t designed. Some of the complaints about this one have revolved around the fact that the belief is he ran too much. He was under constant duress, and often when he broke the pocket, good things happened for the offense, minus a shot he took with a little over two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Sure, the line to gain was reached, and the personal-foul penalty tacked on more yardage. Still, no one wants to see their quarterback taking these types of shots.
We could be wrong here, but we remember two designed runs by Shane Steichen. One was a first-down attempt with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter and a puzzling call that came five plays later, an option of sorts in which QB1 pulled right on third-and-goal from the two-yard line with 13:46 remaining in the second.
With 8:42 remaining in the first quarter and with the Eagles facing third and 15 from their 41-yard line, Hurts eluded Aidan Hutchinson and ran for 16 yards and a first down. The drive ended with a turnover on downs, but it was good to see the improvisation early.
Why are we surprised? That part of his game has never been questioned, and it appears, with each passing week, that the other aspects of his game are improving as well. Jalen Hurts proved that he can put the offense on his back at times when necessary. Here are the final grades.
- Accuracy: B+
- Vision: A
- Intangibles: A+
- Decision-making: A+
- Leadership: A+
- Overall grade: A