The Philadelphia Eagles appear to believe they’ve found a gem in Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles have been “blown away” by Hurts’ athleticism and intelligence during training camp so far, according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, and the staff has “fallen in love with him.”
“I’m excited to see what they do with Jalen Hurts,” Jeremiah told NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” on Tuesday, via Nick Kosko of 247 Sports. “All reports I’ve gotten out of Eagles camp, they are blown away with not only…how athletic he is, but how smart he is and how much of a professional he is. He just carries himself as a veteran. Everyone’s fallen in love with him.”
Jeremiah added that he does not expect Hurts to get high volume usage this season, but feels the Eagles won’t be afraid to use him in the right spot as a dual threat.
The Eagles surprised many by selecting Hurts in the second round of April’s NFL Draft despite having a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz. From the beginning, though, it sounded like they had creative ideas for how to use him. The fact that he’s proving wildly impressive from a professional standpoint is even better.
Plenty of people have compared the Philadelphia Eagles’ potential usage of second-round pick Jalen Hurts to what the New Orleans Saints have done with Taysom Hill. Hurts’ college coach isn’t buying that.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said that it “irks” him that people compare Hurts to Hill, and thinks those making the comparison haven’t studied Hurts closely enough.
“Yeah, I think a little bit of those opinions are — I think, one, people haven’t really studied Jalen, his production, really watched the tape,” Riley told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, via Garrett Stepien of 247 Sports. “And when you see that, you’re going to see a guy that had one of the most efficient passing seasons in the history of college football this year.
“So you’re right. Taysom is a great player. I think there are similarities in that these guys can do a lot of things. But nothing against Taysom Hill — again, I’d love to have him on any football team that you’d ever have — but I do believe that Philadelphia and a lot of other teams that were interested in Jalen are looking at him purely as a quarterback.”
It’s true that the Eagles drafted Hurts as a quarterback. It’s also true that they have a fairly young franchise quarterback already, albeit one with some injury concerns. If Hurts is purely a quarterback, he probably won’t play much, and his versatility makes him valuable. That’s why some have suggested a wide array of potential roles for Hurts, and that’s why the Hill comparisons have popped up repeatedly.
Carson Wentz has given his stamp of approval to the Philadelphia Eagles using their second round pick on quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Wentz said Monday that he was “excited” about the Hurts pick and had heard good things about his new backup quarterback.
It’s fair to say that quarterbacks aren’t always excited to see their teams use high draft picks at that position instead of getting more offensive weapons. This is a bit different, as it seems Hurts can be an offensive weapon himself.
Wentz is pretty secure in his starting job, but has had injury issues. Hurts is not a threat to his job. He might just help Wentz be even better depending on what role he’s used in.
The Philadelphia Eagles made one of the more eyebrow-raising picks of the NFL Draft when they took quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round. With Carson Wentz entrenched as the starter, it sounds like the Eagles will explore other ways to get Hurts on the field.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said he expected the Eagles to utilize Hurts in non-quarterback roles, adding that one Eagles source thinks Hurts could even contribute in the backfield.
“Just in talking to one Eagles source, he said ‘This guy might be able to contribute as a straight running back. That’s how good we think he is. That’s what we think of his skill set,'” Garafolo said on NFL Network Monday.
Hurts has already received a Taysom Hill comparison from Philadelphia’s coaching staff, so this isn’t all surprising. It’s clear that they love him as a player and will find ways to use him. Maybe that will even be out of the backfield. Coach Doug Pederson is one of the more creative NFL minds, so they could make this fun to watch.
The Philadelphia Eagles surprised fans by taking Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 overall pick in the draft. Not only did many think that was high for Hurts, but it was surprising to see a team that already has a solid quarterback take Hurts so high.
So why did Philly make the pick? General manager Howie Roseman explained the situation during a conference call with the media.
Roseman said the team saw value with the Hurts pick and that they aspire to develop quarterbacks.
Additionally, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compared Hurts to Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and suggested Philly would try to utilize Hurts’ rushing skills.
While Hurts may not be as versatile as Hill, the success of Lamar Jackson has shown that dual-threat quarterbacks can succeed in the NFL, which likely explains why the Eagles view Hurts as a major asset.
Jalen Hurts’ draft stock was soaring over the last few months, and that culminated in him being drafted higher than many expected.
Hurts was taken No. 53 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft on Friday. Philly already has Carson Wentz under contract and believes in him as a franchise quarterback, but now they have themselves a very versatile player to add to the mix.
Hurts is a dual-threat player who rushed for 3,274 yards in his college career, in addition to passing for 80 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He showed how adept he was at running the fast-paced offense in Oklahoma after transferring there and could be used as a gadget guy.
Many believe that Philly taking him so high indicates they have plans to use him in similar ways to how the Saints use Taysom Hill.
If Hurts develops to a point that the Eagles consider making him their franchise quarterback, they could part with Wentz after 2021 for $24.5 million in dead cap space.
Also keep in mind that Wentz missed time in both 2017 and 2018, so having a high-quality backup is important for the Eagles.
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There has been a wide difference of opinions about where Jalen Hurts might be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, but we now know at least two of the teams that are expressing interest in the former Oklahoma star.
The Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Chargers have both had virtual meetings with Hurts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
The Chargers will have an opportunity to select a better QB prospect than Hurts at No. 6 overall, and many analysts have predicted they will do that. Mel Kiper has LA taking Tua Tagovailoa in that spot, as the ESPN veteran thinks the Miami Dolphins will select Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa at No. 5.
The Packers are obviously looking into Hurts as a potential backup, and the same could be true of the Chargers. If LA decides to not draft a QB early in the first round, they will probably enter the season with Tyrod Taylor as the starter and go from there.
Hurts went to Oklahoma last year as a graduate transfer and quickly established himself as a Heisman Trophy candidate. He threw for 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for another 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also has plenty of big-game experience from the three seasons he spent with Alabama. It would be a surprise if Hurts slipped too late into the second round.
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Jalen Hurts may have left Alabama so he could play elsewhere as a graduate transfer, but he still appears to have a good relationship with those he left behind.
Hurts conducted an interview with ESPN “Outside the Lines” and was asked about his relationships with Nick Saban and Tua Tagovailoa. Hurts, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist with Oklahoma last season, had praise for his former coach.
“I’ve got a lot of appreciation for him and a lot of respect for him. We’re more similar than people realize,” Hurts said of Saban. “He’s a relentless competitor. He takes a straight-on approach in what he does. And those similarities are exact reason why I chose to go that university.”
Saban’s decision to go with Tagovailoa as his starting quarterback over Hurts was the big reason Jalen left for Oklahoma. Even though he lost his starting job to Tua, they are on good terms.
“That’s a relationship that will never go away or die down,” Hurts said. “I talked to him and kept in touch with him all year. I’m pulling for him as always.”
Hurts is preparing for the NFL Draft and his stock reportedly is going up. As a senior at Oklahoma, he passed for 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, and rushed for 1,323 yards and 21 touchdowns.
H/T 247 Sports