Jalen Hurts Can Enter Elite Company Tonight Against Tampa Bay
While I have long advocated and been a supporter of the Sixers "Process", the idea of being bad, to get better draft picks to help maximize your teams chance of landing a difference making star.
I do not support that method in the NFL.
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In the NBA Draft, there is only a handful of players who can help change the complexion of a team. Generational type of talent change the fortunes of a team in the NBA, not just All-Star level talent.
In the NFL that's a different story.
While landing a franchise level quarterback the goal of all teams, finding that guy is much more of an inexact science.
The Miami Dolphins spent a season "tanking for Tua" and got their wishing, landing the Alabama quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 draft. Meanwhile in the same draft class the Philadelphia Eagles took Jalen Hurts with pick 53.
"He (Hurts) is above and beyond Tua, who took his spot at Alabama," said ESPN Radio host Keyshawn Johnson on 97.3 ESPN's Keyshawn, JWill and Max Show.
Hurts has already been one of the most productive quarterbacks in the NFL since he took over the Eagles starting quarterback position. In nine NFL games, he has produced the fifth most yards in NFL history as pointed out by our friend Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports.
With a modest performance on Thursday Night Football, Hurts can enter more pretty elite company, of reaching 3,000 total yards and 20 offensive touchdowns in just 10 NFL starts.
He'll need 188 yards and two touchdowns tonight vs Tampa to Join Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson and Justin Herbert.
And as Field Yates of ESPN adds, Hurts only needs 216 yards passing tonight to be the first NFL players to average 250 yards passing per game and 50 yards rushing per game over his first 10 starts.
Does this mean the Eagles have found their franchise quarterback? Of course not, but the clues are there that he can play at this level. Consistency is the key to being a great NFL starter, plenty of quarterbacks can put up numbers, but can do they do the things that help their team win, week in and week out -- that's what Hurts needs to prove he can do to win over Eagles fans.
The numbers are there, the wins need to follow.