Last season, in his first year as a full-time starter, Jalen Hurts led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs. However, their stay in the playoffs was brief.
Hurts and the Eagles would get blown out by the Buccaneers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. At one point in that game, Philadelphia was down 31-0 and would ultimately lose 31-15 on the road.
In that contest, Hurts could have been better. He finished 23/43 for 258 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Many of those yards came during garbage time.
After that loss, Hurts had this to say:
“I’ll say it again, nobody wants to end their season this way,” he said. “I hate this feeling. I hate this feeling. But, you never waste a mistake, and I do a pretty good job of trying not to do that. I try not to waste a mistake, so just learn from it.”
What a difference a year makes!
This season, Hurts returned a better player, and now the Eagles, who have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC, start their playoff journey on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field against the New York Giants in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
On Tuesday, Hurts discussed what he learned from that playoff loss to Tampa Bay.
“There was a ton that I learned from, and I took away from that going into the offseason,” he said. “I think it’s helpful for us to have experienced that together as a team and to have a lot of guys back. A lot of guys, like a Jason Kelce, decides to stay because he sees something in what he’s played with and the potential of what could be.”
The best news from Tuesday is that Hurts(shoulder) is not on the team’s injury report, and when asked about the shoulder, he said the following:
Knowing that Hurts is not 100%, the Giants might target his injured shoulder. However, Hurts is not concerned.
“I got a bounty on me every week I go out there on the field,” he said. So, I’m going to go out there and play my game, so whatever happens, happens.”
The playoffs are where you make a name for yourself. Yes, Hurts played like an MVP this season, but if he falters in the postseason, none of that matters, but as he said, he’s not going to waste a mistake, so expect a big performance from him against the Giants.