Eagles’ OC on Hurts: ‘I thought he was really efficient’

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts played well on Sunday in the team’s 38-35 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Hurts threw for 243 yards on 18-of-32 passing and rushed for 90 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries. He had a combined 333 yards of total offense.

Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was happy with Hurts’ performance.

“I thought he was really efficient. When you look at him, when he ran the ball, he was efficient,” Steichen said Tuesday. “When he was throwing it, I thought he was really efficient. To average 7.2 yards on the pass game is pretty good. He made some tremendous throws. His accuracy was on point. I think he had about four throwaways, but overall, just a really strong performance from him.”

The third-year quarterback came out of the gate 0/5, but Steichen was impressed by how well he bounced back.

“It’s the next-play mentality,” Steichen said. “[Head] Coach [Nick Sirianni] talks about it all the time, that next-play mentality. I think that’s where his mindset is at all the time is just continuing to grow and be on the next play. I thought he did a hell of a job bouncing back. I think everyone did.”

Hurts had 17 carries on Sunday, and he took a lot of hits, including a vicious hit from Lions DB Tracy Walker, which led to his ejection. According to Steichen, Hurts does a solid job of avoiding big collisions.

I think Jalen has a great feel,” Steichen said. “He has a natural ability to not take the big hit. Does it happen sometimes? Yeah, it does, but you can see that he slides at the right moment; he gets out of bounds when he needs to. Then he takes some of those hits when he slid, yeah, he did, but he knows when to get down, and I think he has a good feel for that.”

On Sunday, Hurts targeted A.J. Brown 13 times. The next closest players were Dallas Goedert, DeVonta Smith, and Kenneth Gainwell(4). At this point, Steichen is not worried about ball distribution and does not believe it’s an issue.

“No, I don’t need him to worry about that,’ he said. “Really, wherever the ball is going, it’s first read, second read. He goes through his progressions, and that’s where it is.”


On Tuesday, the Eagles placed DE Derek Barnett on Injured Reserve and signed DE Janarius Robinson from the Vikings practice squad.

Barnett, who signed a two-year, $14 million deal in the offseason, tore his ACL in Sunday’s win over the Lions and will miss the rest of the season.

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