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Jalen Hurts’ case to start for Eagles enhanced by his absence

Hurts was greatly missed in Philly’s second preseason, plus an insight into Pats and Urban Meyer’s skills.

Being a late scratch Thursday night Jalen Hurts was frustrating to everyone, but it surely seemed as if the absence of the young man only tightened his grasp on the start of his job.

The second quarterback was slated for duty and usual warm-up, but the Patriots were not faced with the problem. It was nothing big, but plenty to keep it out and given the troubles of the Eagles on the offensive line – snapp and block – that the possible QB franchise was cautious. Joe Flacco had a hard time living, he was tumbling on the first drive to do a terrible snap, which led to a turnover, intercept and being part of a hodge-podge squad overpowered by New England’s initial defence.

From what I witnessed earlier in the week, Hurts is looking at the task in a common drill with the Patriots coming up to this exhibition game. In these sessions Hurt was the most consistently effective quarterback, excellent in special situations and in the 1920’s, and the Patriots faced his athleticism and surprising approach. Especially in designed boots and roll-outs, horrible things happened to the opposition defense when Hurts went to his right.

Hurts might make plays that flip the ball back or keep it himself, and he can easily take the run, making nice passes in the middle quadrants and deep down the sideline as well. Yeah, the field is a little cut off, but Hurts doesn’t refuse to throw his body on the opposite side if it’s necessary, and he had an infectious energy and response from his teammates (both offense and defense from the sidelines) to him.

Oh, and some Patriots, too, have noticed.

“Jalen is a somebody who I have followed throughout school,” said Patriots Quarterback Cam Newton, “and who actually heard so much about him in Houston high school. It is always love for me to see him out there today, and it will always be love.”

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Hurts seemed like the head of this crime, and his capacity to force defenders to take the quarterback position, in such a way that Flacco cannot at this stage at the age of 36 and the coming of three injury-married seasons. They compliment each other well and Nick Sirianni, the rookie head coach, looks able to cope with the crime. It is still to be seen whether Hurts will participate in the last preseason game next week, but there are another week of shared sessions between the Eagles, and he will probably be able to get the best controlled job, nonetheless, and this staff will declare him the first week.

Certainly, it would have been nice to find Hurts get to know DeVonta Smith who made his debut following some health concerns in the first round. Especially on a night when Smith was running a lot. But the winner of Heisman has already been enough influential in practice, and the hype around him is quite palpable.
“He’s a young receiver so polished,” Sirianni told me. “I haven’t seen that exact young receiver since I was with Kennan Allen in San Diego in 2013.”

High praise. High praise. He and Hurts are going to create some pretty fascinating watching.

Of course, the quarterback evaluation will continue. I wouldn’t expect any proclamations yet. Philly’s aggressive CEO Howie Roseman is constantly up for a blockbuster if there’s a deal for a proven young starter, which at this moment looks to be a stretch. However, Hurts shows more than enough promise to show that he can win games at this level and is certainly their best choice.

Pats appear in skill positions upgraded
Newton looked at the Eagles in the first half of Thursday easier and more focused than I had seen earlier in the week. In particular he had huge pass protection against backups, was able to come in and drive the ball down better than we saw for much of the year 2020. This is also a lot more diverse and impactful collection of a year ago talent players. Nelson Agholor looks like the real deal I saw and might offer a true and profound danger to New England that he has long lacked. Jakobi Meyers continues to dazzle, and honestly, a previous leader of the N’Keal Harry team, who seemed more energetic and faster than I ever saw, took me the most by surprise at New England. Wouldn’t keep my breath on the plea for business.

The Patriots run very deep, yet I can sense from a fantasy viewpoint that despite the rotation (which can lead to more workshops than most people want) Damien Harris is going to see enough of the ball and get a chance to play. No matter whether it’s Newton or Mac Jones at QB, this running game will feature a lot of volume; Bill Belichick will play fundamental tough football, and that’s one of the reasons why they wanted Newton back.

Urban is still perplexed
Urban Meyer continues to get looks from the League’s execs, coaches and cap gurus. Removal of the accomplished linebacker Joe Schobert and food salary in the process is a scratcher, Time Tebow was always wacky and the charade to declare an early quarterback is more hassle than worth.

Some of the rosters have been concerned that Tebow should be a locker room spy, that unusual (to put it mildly) deals are still made and that Gardner Minshew may displace Lawrence, even if he is trying to increase the commercial value for the veteran, is disconcerting for many. Sacrificing starting representatives for the first overall selection – long regarded as a generation talent — is not unusual in dividing it with Minshew. It feels like a college coach is attempting too much and on the surface this shift is quite tough. A another hint of potential concern another week.

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