In his first start as a pro, Jalen Hurts knocked off one of the best teams in the NFL. In his second, he threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in a high-flying shootout and looked right at home at the professional level.
He finished his second career start 24 of 44 for 338 yards and three touchdowns, plus 11 rushes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
The kid has had quite a journey over the last three weeks. Has he already established himself as someone who should be starting, long-term, in the NFL?
At least a few former Eagles players think so.
Numerous former Birds chimed in as Hurts and Kyler Murray were dueling in Arizona, and immediately after the game ended, to make it known: Hurts has officially shown us that he belongs.
Former Eagles wide receiver and Super Bowl LII champion Torrey Smith is ready to call Hurts a franchise QB:
Former Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans thinks Hurts looks like a starter in the league:
Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook agrees:
Former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho called Hurts "the solution" to the Eagles' woes:
Former Eagles defensive end and Super Bowl LII champion Chris Long praised Hurts' performance:
And former Eagles wide receiver Mike Wallace was impressed by Hurts' poise:
It's only been two games and a stint at the end of the Packers game, but Hurts has absolutely looked like a starter so far.
And that's tough news for Carson Wentz, but if the Eagles are equally impressed by Hurts and can offload Wentz this offseason, their cap situation will suddenly look fantastic by 2022. Having a solid quarterback on a rookie contract is as luxury in this league, one that allowed the Birds to build a Super Bowl champion in 2017, and with a high draft pick likely incoming this spring, Hurts' emergence makes the future feel significantly brighter.
That is, if Hurts can keep it up.
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