Skip to main content

Eagles Owner Makes Opinion On Jalen Hurts Very Clear

Jalen Hurts running against the Buccaneers.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Early in the offseason, there were reports that the Philadelphia Eagles were interested in Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. They wound up getting neither, and now move into 2022 with Jalen Hurts as their starter.

That's not a bad thing, according to team owner Jeffrey Lurie. Philly traded Carson Wentz before the 2021 season with the intention of having Hurts start, and the 2020 second-round pick proved capable enough to help the Eagles reach the playoffs.

There's some public concern over Hurts' ceiling, but Lurie made it clear at the league meetings this week that the franchise believes the former Alabama and Oklahoma star can get better.

“We have a young, 23-year-old, playoff QB who gets better every year in college and in the pros,” Lurie said,

Jeffrey Lurie explaining that the Eagles are "committed" to Jalen Hurts:

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 30, 2022

">via Zach Berman of “He’s had, really, one full year. No one knows where that’s going to end up, but I think what you do know is you have a guy that is incredibly dedicated, excellent leader of men. Players around him gravitate to him. He will do anything and everything to get better and work on every weakness he has to try to maximize every strength he has. And that’s why we’re committed to Jalen at age 23. Who knows what the future holds, right?”

Hurts started 15 games in 2021, passing for 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding 784 rushing yards and 10 scores. He struggled in his first playoff appearance, going 23-for-43 passing for 258 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 2022 campaign will be a big one in determining just how "committed" Philadelphia will be to Hurts moving forward.