The last time we saw Jalen Hurts in a meaningful game was in January in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers in the wild-card round, and it wasn’t pretty.
Hurts struggled as he threw for 258 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Many of those passing yards came with the game out of reach. The offense sputtered, and ultimately, the Eagles would fall to the Buccaneers 31-15.
Entering his third season, Hurts has more weapons at his disposal as the Eagles added a bonafide number one wide receiver in A.J. Brown to go along with what they have on the offensive line and running game. On paper, Hurts would have everything he needs to be successful.
On Wednesday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was asked how different Hurts is today compared to the guy who walked off the field against the Buccaneers.
“Again, we’ve talked a lot about his development as a football player,” Sirianni said. “I think what we have seen in practice over and over again is him being able to get through reads quicker, him being more accurate with his throws. So, it’s the same thing we’ve been talking about throughout the last, seems like about the last month, of just his progression as a player.
“Again, I think you guys will probably be able to predict what I’m going to say here. Guys that are competitive, guys that are tough, and guys that love football have the ability to reach their ceiling, and I can see him continuing to grow.”
Look, what Sirianni said is not surprising; it would have been surprising if he said that Hurts had not improved.
Here’s reality, based on what the Eagles did in the offseason, the pressure is on Hurts to perform at a higher level than he did a year ago. Last season, Philadelphia snuck up on teams and made it to the playoffs. That’s not happening in 2022, and Hurts has to rise to the occasion.