Eagles QB preview: Can Jalen Hurts make a big leap in 2022?

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CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 10: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) claps his hands during the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 10, 2021 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

With the start of the 2022 NFL Season just days away for the Eagles, the pressure of the world is starting to grow on the shoulders of one player in Philadelphia. That player is the undisputed QB1 for the Philadelphia Eagles in what could be a temporary position for the 24-year-old Quarterback. 

Jalen Hurts is up against it all this season as he tries to prove his value to the Eagles brass and the entire NFL. Usually, QBs take a significant leap in their game during their second year as a starter. Carson Wentz once did it back in 2017 after the team rebuilt the roster to fit his style of play.

To no coincidence, that year the Eagles finished on top of the NFL and won their first-ever Super Bowl. Now five years later, the Eagles find themselves in a similar position with a player that was drafted to be the backup of Carson Wentz.

Eagles ultimate weapon

Jalen Hurts has truly impressed the decision-makers within the organization with his incredible leadership and his maturity on and off the field. While he still has a ways to go with his passing ability, he’s been the ultimate weapon for them on offense.

His ability to get “freaky” in the open field and extend drives helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs last season in his first year as the starter and Nick Sirianni’s first year as head coach. After an early playoff exit due to their loss against the Bucs, the Eagles retooled their entire roster in hopes that this offense would better fit Jalen Hurts and that the defense would be able to hold up.

The Eagles went out and traded for Hurts’ best friend in A.J. Brown and signed a Nick Sirianni favorite in Zach Pascal. With DeVonta Smith having a year under his belt now, it seems that this offense could be prepared to have a breakout season altogether.

If this does happen and Jalen throws for more than 20 touchdowns while rushing for 10 touchdowns once again, then Philadelphia may have the steal of a lifetime with the second-round QB turning into their franchise QB.

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire