Jalen Hurts is on the move.
Not in terms of a trade (at least at this time), but more like using his legs to move the chains.
Last season, Hurts rushed for 354 yards in 15 games (4 starts).
He’s expected to be the Eagles’ Week 1 starting quarterback and NBC Sports betting partner PointsBet has listed Hurts’ over/under on rushing yards for the 2021 season at 650.5.
If Hurts plays a full season, that number seems pretty obtainable. However, the record book shows that’ll be no easy task.
Randall Cunningham owns the Eagles’ record for most rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback with 942 in 1990. Michael Vick accomplished the second most in 2010 with 676 despite playing in just 12 games. Donovan McNabb is third; he racked up 629 yards on the ground back in 2000. Both Cunningham and McNabb led the Eagles in both passing and rushing yards in those seasons.
Cunningham’s mark in 1990 is the fifth-highest rushing yards total by a quarterback in NFL history. To get to around 650 yards, Hurts would have to echo performances of Tim Tebow (660 rush yards in 2011) and Colin Kaepernick (639 rush yards in 2014).
Here’s a little optimism: The Eagles reached the playoffs in all three seasons when Cunningham, Vick and McNabb recorded the top quarterback rushing seasons in franchise history.
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