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Jalen Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback #1
Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback #1
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Jalen Hurts News

Gets it done as rusher

Hurts completed 12 of 23 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also chipped in 10 rushes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Hurts' final line through the air wasn't all that impressive and was nowhere near matching his output from Week 1. However, he did narrowly miss out on a much bigger day. It appeared that Hurts had connected with Jalen Reagor for a 36-yard touchdown during the team's third offensive possession, though the call was eventually overturned. He also connected with Quez Watkins for a 91-yard gain, but the drive ultimately stalled at the goal line. Even given those missed opportunities, Hurts provided a solid floor as a rusher, and he now has 142 yards on the ground through two games.

Sep 19, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Spectacular in Week 1 win

Hurts completed 27 of 35 passes for 264 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles' 32-6 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 62 yards and recovered two fumbles, including one of his own.

Analysis: Any lingering doubts about Hurts' ability to build on his relatively solid late-season starting audition in 2020 definitively were answered Sunday, with the second-year signal-caller looking every bit as good as his numbers imply. Hurts connected with seven different pass catchers and appeared increasingly comfortable as the game went on. The Oklahoma product got the Eagles' scoring started with a pretty 18-yard scoring lob to rookie DeVonta Smith, and he followed it up with a pair of touchdown tosses to Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. With a stellar season opener under his belt, Hurts will head into a Week 2 home battle against the 49ers with no shortage of confidence.

Sep 12, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Doesn't play in preseason finale

Hurts didn't see a snap in Friday's preseason tie against the Jets.

Analysis: Heading into the contest, coach Nick Sirianni hadn't indicated whether his starting QB would see any action, but the decision ended up being made for him as storms delayed the start of the game by half an hour and left the field in somewhat poor condition, giving the Eagles no reason to risk an injury for Hurts. The 23-year-old will begin his first full season as the starter in Week 1 against Atlanta.

Aug 28, 2021 4:38 AM EST

Status for preseason finale unknown

Coach Nick Sirianni said Sunday that he has yet to make a decision on Hurts' availability for Friday's preseason contest at the Jets, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Three days after taking a seat preseason Week 2 due to a non-COVID-19 illness, Hurts was back on the field in his usual capacity, but what is less clear is whether he'll get any more in-game reps before Week 1. Fortunately for Sirianni, he'll have joint practices with the Jets this week before having to make a call on Hurts and other key Eagles.

Aug 22, 2021 4:22 PM EST

Returns to practice in full

Hurts (illness) put in a full practice Sunday, Tim McManus of reports.

Analysis: After sitting out preseason Week 2 with a non-COVID-19 illness, Hurts spent two days away from the team. Upon his return Sunday, he took part in stretches, tossed a few passes and progressed to team drills, taking part in every stage of the session. With his illness behind him, Hurts now will wait and see if coach Nick Sirianni will turn to the starters in Friday's exhibition at the Jets.

Aug 22, 2021 3:06 PM EST

On practice field Sunday

Hurts (illness) returned to practice Sunday, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Hurts was a late scratch from Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots as he arrived at MetLife Stadium feeling ill and eventually went to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a non-COVID-19 illness and told to stay away from the Eagles for two days. After exactly that much time away, Hurts was in pads for the stretching portion of Sunday's session, but it's unclear how many reps he'll be able to log.

Aug 22, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Severity of illness disclosed

Hurts (illness) has been diagnosed with a stomach infection and will be away from the Eagles for at least the next two days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: A late scratch from Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots, Hurts apparently didn't feel well when he got the stadium but still went through pregame warmups. After he was ruled out, he was deemed to not be dealing with COVID-19. Then, coach Nick Sirianni told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network following the contest that Hurts is "fine now. He's doing OK now." But Hurts' visit to the hospital unveiled that he shouldn't be around his teammates in the short term.

Aug 19, 2021 8:12 PM EST

Absence explained by Sirianni

Coach Nick Sirianni said after Thursday's preseason loss to the Patriots that Hurts (illness) was held out due to pain in his stomach, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: According to Sirianni, Hurts didn't feel well when he arrived at Lincoln Financial Field and attempted to go through pregame warmups, but he couldn't get past it and was scratched shortly before the contest. After Hurts was evaluated at the hospital, he was cleared to return to the stadium, and Sirianni told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network that the QB is "fine now. He's doing OK now." Hurts missed out on a chance to get in some reps with college teammate and 2021 first-round receiver DeVonta Smith, who made his pro debut Thursday, but the team has one more exhibition Friday, Aug. 27 at the Jets to get that connection going.

Aug 19, 2021 7:50 PM EST

Illness not COVID-related

Hurts doesn't have an illness related to COVID-19, which has sidelined him from Thursday's preseason game versus the Patriots, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hurts was on the field for pregame warmups but was a late scratch ahead of kickoff, giving veteran Joe Flacco a chance to work with Eagles starting skill-position players. It's unclear if coach Nick Sirianni will allow any of those players, including Hurts, participate in the Eagles' final exhibition Friday, Aug. 27 at the Jets, which may not allow the second-year QB and rookie first-round WR DeVonta Smith to work in a game together before Week 1.

Aug 19, 2021 5:00 PM EST

Out with illness

Hurts is sitting out Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots due to an illness.

Analysis: The Eagles were anticipating the first in-game connection between Hurts and rookie first-round receiver DeVonta Smith, who missed the team's first exhibition with an MCL sprain. But an illness has kept Hurts away from the field Thursday, delaying the reunion of college teammates. This may have been Hurts' last chance to play in the preseason, but Philly does have one more contest on the slate next Friday, Aug. 27 at the Jets.

Aug 19, 2021 4:45 PM EST

Looks for TEs in preseason opener

Hurts completed three of seven passes for 54 yards and rushed once for four yards in two drives of work in Thursday's 24-16 preseason loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: All three of Hurts' completions went to tight ends, as we got a preview of an Eagles offense that's likely to feature plenty of looks for both Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz. The mobile quarterback didn't use his legs much here, but Hurts will likely utilize his rushing ability more once the games start to count. Backup Joe Flacco was significantly more effective against Pittsburgh's backups, producing a touchdown and two field goals on four drives, but Hurts remains locked in as Philadelphia's starting quarterback and should see more playing time against the Patriots in Week 2 of preseason.

Aug 12, 2021 8:00 PM EST

Likely to suit up Thursday

Coach Nick Sirianni indicated Hurts and the Eagles' starting offense will play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Steelers, Tim McManus of reports.

Analysis: With an improved supporting cast around him, Hurts also is learning a new system, so taking a test drive with the first-teamers in Philly's exhibition opener is no surprise. But Sirianni wouldn't divulge exactly how long he'll allow the starters to remain on the field. In any case, Hurts will be without 2021 10th overall pick and college teammate DeVonta Smith for most of the preseason slate as he recovers from an MCL sprain, leaving Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham as the primary wide receivers for the time being.

Aug 10, 2021 11:20 AM EST

Improving at camp

Hurts was sharp at Monday's practice, enjoying his best day of training camp so far, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Analysis: Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia agrees it was Hurts' best practice this summer, with highlights including perfect throws on a go route to Quez Watkins and a deep out to WR Travis Fulgham. The second-year QB completed nine of his first 10 passes in the team period of practice, but on a less positive note, he did lose top receiver DeVonta Smith to a knee sprain later in the session. Shorr-Parks notes that Hurts has steadily improved throughout camp, building up to Tuesday when the Eagles put on pads for the first time under new coach Nick Sirianni.

Aug 3, 2021 6:41 AM EST

Gets Heisman-winning new target

Hurts was reunited with former Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith after the Eagles selected the wide receiver with the 10th-overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, Tim McManus of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Although Hurts hasn't officially been named the Eagles' starting quarterback, selecting a receiver rather than another signal-caller seemingly cements him in the role even further. It also gives the 22-year-old another first-round weapon to throw to after Philadelphia took Jalen Reagor out of TCU last year. It's certainly a major upgrade for a receiving corps that compiled the third-fewest receiving yards last season, with just 2,082.

Apr 30, 2021 2:53 PM EST

Yet to be named starter

Hurts will have to earn the starting quarterback job in the preseason, Kevin Patra of reports.

Analysis: Coach Nick Sirianni refused to say whether Hurts would enter the season as the Eagles' starter under center, but the rookie head coach also refused to do that for any position on the team, citing the need for competition. Considering the 2020 second-round pick's main competition in Philadelphia is 36-year-old Joe Flacco after the team opted to trade both Carson Wentz and their sixth-overall pick in the upcoming draft, this is probably best termed "coach speak" by Sirianni in an attempt to motivate his players. Barring catastrophe, Hurts will be the Eagles' starter in 2021.

Apr 28, 2021 9:42 PM EST

No job battle ahead?

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wants to make Hurts' success the priority in 2021, rather than emphasizing competition at quarterback, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Analysis: Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News has a different take, hinting that the Eagles still aren't sure about their second-year QB. While Hurts currently sits atop the depth chart, Bowen and other Philadelphia beat writers have suggested the team could pick a QB on Day 1 or 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. This latest report from Mortensen doesn't seem concrete, but it does at least give us a hint about Lurie's thinking with the No. 6 overall pick.

Mar 8, 2021 7:14 AM EST

Left atop depth chart

Hurts is the Eagles' top QB after they traded Carson Wentz to Indianapolis, though the team could still draft another signal-caller, according to Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Analysis: Already owners of the sixth overall pick, the Eagles added a 2021 third-rounder and a conditional 2022 second-round pick in the Wentz trade. What they do next depends on their confidence in Hurts, who had eight total touchdowns -- but also three INTs and six fumbles -- over the final four weeks of 2020. The 22-year-old is a clear favorite for the Week 1 start at this point, but the Eagles still have time to add competition, or at least a high-end backup.

Feb 18, 2021 9:56 AM EST

Benched late in losing effort

Hurts completed just seven of his 20 passing attempts for 72 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while adding 34 yards and two rushing touchdowns on eight carries before being benched in favor of Nate Sudfeld in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team.

Analysis: Hurts will finish his abbreviated time as a rookie starter with a 52 completion percentage, 1,061 passing yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions to go along with 354 rushing yards and three more scores on 63 carries over 15 games (three starts). Controversy has swirled around the 2020 second-round pick from the time he replaced Carson Wentz to his benching Sunday in a game where Washington clinched the sorry NFC East division with a 7-9 record. Fans of the New York Giants may be upset with the late change under center, but Hurts certainly performed poorly enough to warrant the benching. On the plus side, the mature first-year player provided a spark for the Eagles, and his ability as a runner kept opposing defenses on their heels while also providing valuable fantasy production. On the flip side, Hurts clearly has a long way to go in terms of his ability as a pocket passer, which was one of the knocks on him heading into last year's draft. The 22-year-old struggled when having to go past his initial read, and some inaccuracy issues are also present. He is still a rookie and has plenty of room to grow, and his added value as a runner will undoubtedly lead to some strong fantasy lines in the future.

Jan 3, 2021 10:33 PM EST

Set to start season finale

Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Hurts will start in the Week 17 game against Washington, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

Analysis: The Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys. Hurts will close out the season under center for the Eagles. Through three games as a starter, Hurts has completed 62 of 113 passes (54.9 percent) for 847 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, and he's added 238 yards and a score on the ground. His accuracy could improve, but Hurts has still recorded a respectable 7.7 yards per attempt this season, on par with Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.

Dec 28, 2020 3:28 PM EST

Tops 400 total yards in loss

Hurts completed 21 of 39 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions and added 69 rushing yards on nine carries in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: The rookie set a new career high in passing yards in his third NFL start, topping last week's 338, while once again posting strong numbers on the ground, but he also committed multiple turnovers for the first time as the Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention. Hurts will at least get a chance to play spoiler in Week 17 as Philadelphia hosts a Washington club that needs to win to lock up an NFC East title.

Dec 27, 2020 7:54 PM EST

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