At this point, it feels necessary to bring up the passing statistics of Jalen Hurts‘ most recent game when referencing QB1 of the Philadelphia Eagles. They just drive any point about his maturation home, you know?
In what was supposed to be a duel between Eagles franchise signal-callers both past and present, the battle was one-sided. Hurts completed 22 of 35 passing attempts en route to a rating of 123.5 and a three-touchdown performance. Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz had a bad day, and that’s putting things mildly.
Wentz was sacked nine times. He misfired on almost half of his throws, completing 25 of 43 attempts for 211 yards. He also lost a fumble, one that led to a touchdown pass from Hurts to Dallas Goedert.
Here’s something else of note. For those of you that said Jalen Hurts was a ‘running back playing the quarterback position’, try this on for size. He racked up his highest passing-yardage total this season (340 yards) while posting season lows in rushing attempts (nine) and yards gained with his legs (20).
As he would say, money was again left on the table in the second half, but the Birds got the win, and that’s all that matters. As expected, following another Eagles win, Jalen Hurts is a huge topic of discussion.
Here’s another look at some of the best throws we saw from Jalen Hurts as well as some final grades.
The game is slowing down. Jalen Hurts is better at understanding what he’s seeing. And, how about that deep ball that some of you said he didn’t have? Every week, QB1 has added another bomb to the highlight reel. Let’s talk about some individual throws.
With a ton of great throws to choose from, it’s hard to dwindle it down to one or two and call them his best. There are times when nice throws don’t equate to completions, but let’s identify a two. How about those deep balls to DeVonta Smith?
Seriously… What needs to be said after that?
It’s hard to find issues with what we’ve seen from Jalen Hurts during the first three weeks of the regular season, but we know he isn’t satisfied. We also know he’s finding areas to tweak and improve his game. With that being said, we’ll try and find a few areas that could serve as some assistance in that regard.
QB1 has improved as a passer. There are things that he can clean up of course. For instance, there was an incompletion thrown about halfway through the first quarter at about the 7:30 mark.
Hurts threw that one behind DeVonta Smith with Kendall Fuller in coverage. Had he led him, DeVonta probably runs for a while, and the chains move.
One series later, he misfired slightly on a third-and-eight attempt on an endzone throw that was, again, intended for Smith. Benjamin St-Juste was in coverage and did a good job of staying underneath. Might we be able to argue that, again, if the ball is out in front, Number 6 probably hauls one in for six?
Regardless of where you are on that, none of this is cause for major concern. We know QB1 will clean those types of things up. We’re also noticing that those throws are seen less frequently during games. Make no mistake about it. As has been the case all season, there’s more to celebrate than criticize.
We can’t wait to see the next step in this progression. Another opportunity to do so comes in Week 4 via a home date versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here are some final grades for Week 3 to tide you over until the game arrives.
Week 3 final grades
- Accuracy: A-
- Vision: A+
- Intangibles: A+
- Decision-making: A+
- Leadership: A+
- Overall grade: A+