Jalen Hurts was in a walking boot after his Philadelphia Eagles’ season came to an end on Sunday.
Hurts’ Eagles got dominated 31-15 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their NFC Wild Card game. Philly’s points didn’t come until the fourth quarter, after they were already down 31-0.
Hurts went 23/43 for 258 yards, a touchdown pass and two interceptions. He rushed eight times for 39 yards. The second-year quarterback walked into the media room postgame with a boot on his left foot.
Hurts says he has been dealing with the injury since November and that he hopes he won’t need surgery.
If the Eagles indeed are committed to Hurts longterm, they better hope that the young quarterback’s ankle was the reason for his poor play. Otherwise, getting shutout through three quarters and adding in points when the game was out of hand isn’t the kind of playoff showing that inspires confidence. The team does seem to feel good about him though.
Photo: Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs off the field after loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles have not always seemed committed to Jalen Hurts as their long-term quarterback, but it certainly sounds as though he has won over his head coach.
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni gave Hurts a significant vote of confidence Sunday even after Philadelphia’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sirianni said he feels “really good” about the future of the quarterback position with Hurts running the show.
The decision on the Eagles’ quarterback situation is not solely down to Sirianni, but this can’t be bad news for Hurts. After all, they were being linked to other prominent quarterbacks at times during the season, suggesting Hurts still had some convincing to do.
Sirianni’s comments come following a game in which Hurts didn’t actually perform all that well. Still, the Eagles look fully committed to him as their quarterback of the future.
The Philadelphia Eagles got down big early in their Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jalen Hurts was partly responsible for that.
Hurts missed a wide-open Quez Watkins on a third down play in the first quarter. For whatever reason, Hurts felt like the pocket was collapsing and scrambled to his left. That caused him to miss Watkins, who had come open on a post route over the middle and had nothing between him and the end zone.
The worst part about the play was that Hurts couldn’t have had a cleaner pocket.
Hurts will undoubtedly be kicking himself when he watches film of that play. Had he stepped up and kept his eyes down the field, he probably would have seen Watkins.
Between Hurts missing an open receiver and this questionable roughing the passer call, the Eagles couldn’t have had much worse of a start on Sunday.
Jalen Hurts and several Philadelphia Eagles fans were fortunate to avoid serious injuries after a railing collapsed at FedExField on Sunday, and the star quarterback wants to know what the Washington Football Team is doing about it.
Hurts sent a letter to Washington on Tuesday asking what action the team will take in the wake of Sunday’s “near-tragic incident.” He said he is “extremely concerned for the well-being of the fans and media” and would like assurances that the Football Team has a plan to remedy the situation. You can see the full letter below:
Hurts was exiting toward the tunnel following the Eagles’ win over Washington when a group of fans fell through a railing. You can see the video here.
The WFT said in a statement after the game that all of the fans were offered an onsite medical evaluation and that no one was seriously injured. While the latter may be true, several fans disputed the claim that stadium personnel tried to help them. Instead, they told ESPN’s Tim McManus that they were scolded by security about being on the field.
There have been multiple concerning incidents at FedExField this season, including a crazy flood in a luxury suite several weeks ago. Dan Snyder’s team has several issues to address, and Hurts’ letter should ramp up the pressure even more.
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One of the fans who nearly fell on Jalen Hurts after Sunday’s game at FedEx Field shared a video and photo from the incident.
Hurts led his Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-16 win at Washington to improve to 9-7. As the Eagles quarterback was walking off the field towards the tunnel, several Eagles fans gathered towards the railing. The railing gave out, and a handful of Eagles fans spilled onto the field, right by Hurts’ feet.
One of the fans who fell shared video of the incident:
The fan, Andrew Collins, was seen taking advantage of the close brush with the QB. He asked Hurts for his glove, and the quarterback obliged.
At least Collins came away with something for literally taking the fall.
Hurts went 17/26 for 214 yards and rushed for 44 yards. The Eagles later clinched a playoff berth thanks to Green Bay’s win over Minnesota.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts narrowly avoided involvement in a scary incident after Sunday’s game in Washington.
Hurts was heading for the tunnel after Philadelphia’s 20-16 win over Washington, where numerous Eagles fans had congregated to greet the quarterback. Just as Hurts was about to enter the tunnel, the railing collapsed due to fans leaning on it. Hurts was not impacted, but several fans fell to the ground right in front of him.
Impressively, Hurts kept his cool, helped everyone up, and made sure those involved were okay.
Here’s another angle that shows what happened:
Had this happened a couple seconds later, the railing and fans could have fallen directly on Hurts, so that is a very narrow miss.
Hurts has been trying to prove himself as Philadelphia’s long-term answer at quarterback. Obviously, he needs to be healthy in order to do that. So far he seems to be doing the job, and keeping his composure in a situation like that probably won’t hurt the perception.
Jalen Hurts paid some respect to a former Philadelphia Eagles legend through his wardrobe choice on Sunday.
Hurts arrived to his Eagles’ game against the New York Giants wearing a Randall Cunningham throwback jersey. Cunningham, of course, was the Eagles’ quarterback from 1985-1995. Cunningham made three Pro Bowls and reached the playoffs five times while with the Eagles.
Hurts shared his reason for his tribute to Cunningham.
“One of the greatest and obviously an icon here. I always talk about how much it means to me to be able to play for this organization,” Hurts said after Sunday’s win.
Cunningham was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL at a time when not many quarterbacks ran the ball. In today’s NFL, several quarterbacks can run really well, like Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray to name a few. Hurts is in that group as well. But back when Cunningham played, he was one of a very few who could do it.
If Hurts really wants to endear himself to Eagles fans and get historic, he should break out a Ron Jaworski or Norm Snead jersey next.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be tasked with answering one very important question this offseason — is Jalen Hurts good enough? While the quarterback has been inconsistent in his first full season as a starter, it sounds like he has earned the trust of many with the team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke on Thursday about the possibility of the Eagles making a quarterback change in 2022. He indicated they are only going to move on from Hurts if they can land an established superstar.
“The fact of the matter is they’ll have to come up with somebody who’s better than Jalen Hurts. There aren’t a lot of quarterbacks out there as options who are better than Jalen Hurts,” Schefter said. “Russell Wilson may or may not be available. Aaron Rodgers may or may not be available. Deshaun Watson may or may not be traded. Beyond that, are there many quarterbacks out there that you’d rather have than Jalen Hurts? The better he plays, the more he solidifies himself in Philadelphia.”
Hurts has the Eagles in the playoff hunt at 7-7, though his numbers leave a lot to be desired. The former second-round pick has a passer rating of 85.8 with 2,731 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the season. He has also rushed for 733 yards and 10 scores.
The Eagles were once viewed as a likely suitor to land a star quarterback in a trade. There were also some unflattering reports about him during training camp. That talk has cooled, at the very least. Unless they can pull off a blockbuster trade, the Eagles seem unlikely to move on from Hurts.
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The Philadelphia Eagles were not sold on Jalen Hurts as their franchise quarterback a few months ago, but opinions within the organization seem to have changed rather quickly.
The Eagles have won three of their last four games, and Hurts has played well during that stretch. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Philly’s brass is starting to get more comfortable with the idea of moving forward with Hurts as the team’s starting quarterback beyond this season. The Eagles are excited about Hurts’ recent play, as it is an indication that they won’t have to draft a QB in the first round this offseason or acquire one via trade.
If Hurts does prove worthy of being the Eagles’ starter next season, Philly can use its two — and possibly three — first-round picks to address other needs. Carson Wentz needs to play 75 percent of the offensive snaps for the Indianapolis Colts this year for the Eagles to secure an additional first-round pick, and it would take an injury for him to not hit that mark.
Hurts had a rough stretch of play from September into October, but he has eight total touchdowns compared to just one interception over the Eagles’ last five games. He has 2,306 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and five picks on the season. The former second-round pick has also showcased his dual-threat ability with 618 rushing yards and eight rushing scores.
The Eagles were once viewed as a likely suitor to land a star quarterback in a trade. There were also some unflattering reports about him during training camp. That talk has cooled, at the very least.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is a big fan of his starting quarterback, and he had a unique way of showing that leading up to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sirianni was spotted at practice on Friday wearing a T-shirt that featured Jalen Hurts’ face in a pair of sunglasses. He offered a very simple explanation for why he wore it.
Sirianni is in his first season as head coach of the Eagles, and some of his methods have already been questioned. If you remember, he had a very interesting way of testing the competitive spirit of draft prospects. His decision to wear a shirt with his quarterback’s face on it was also unusual, but Hurts probably appreciated it.
The Eagles are off to a good start in the Sirianni era, as they blew out the Atlanta Falcons last week. Hurts played extremely well in that game. The second-year quarterback went 27/35 with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns. He added another 62 yards on seven rushes.