Jalen Hurts has his career on the line this upcoming season.
The 2nd year Philadelphia Eagles QB is essentially treading water at the moment. While he is not swimming into a franchise QB position, he also isn't sinking into a backup role.
With the the Eagles coming off of a 4-12 season, Hurts fans are assuming that the starting job will be handed to him after five years of the Carson Wentz Era. Hurts started the last four games of the 2020-2021 season for the Eagles, going 1-3. News from the teams GM might suggest otherwise though.
Hurts turned heads with his athleticism and poise, going toe-to-toe with Kyler Murray and the Cardinals in Week 15 last season where he threw for 388 yards and four total TD's.
The Eagles are in a precarious position heading into the upcoming NFL season as their 2017 reign as Super Bowl Champions has catapulted down the standings in recent years. With their former franchise QB is now in Indianapolis, a good 2021 season from Hurts may have him holding the keys to the Eagles franchise. A bad season, and he could be looking elsewhere for a job.
Success will not be easy this season for the Eagles who will have to combat a recovering Cowboys team in the NFC East. New HC Nick Sirianni brings over his top-10 offensive scheme from Indianapolis, where he was OC for three years. He'll try to reignite the Eagles offense which was 26th in total offense a year ago. The Eagles did not add any pass catchers in free agency, making addressing the WR/TE positions a necessity in the upcoming NFL Draft.
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Hurts currently has little game changing talent around him. TE Dallas Goedert has struggled to stay on the field, and Eagle great Zach Ertz has long been rumored to be traded this offseason. 2020 1st-round pick Jalen Reagor did not live up to expectations, while JJ Arcega-Whiteside caught four passes in 2020, after being selected in the 2nd-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Other pass catchers for Philadelphia include former UDFA's Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward.
Jalen Hurts must perform this season if he wants a future in Philadelphia.
No one expects the Eagles to be very good this upcoming season, but Hurts' performance this year could be the difference between him being a franchise quarterback and a backup. The 22-year-old QB has a lot of pressure on him from the passionate fans of Philadelphia. The question is: Will Jalen Hurts sink or swim in 2021-2022?