Where does NY Giants’ Daniel Jones stand in NFC East QB rankings?
By Toby Grundy
2. Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense took a step forward in 2021. Ahead of the season, many had ranked the Eagles last in the division. They proved those people wrong, finishing the year 9-8 and earning a playoff birth.
His production in the passing game saw 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns in his 15 regular-season games. While nothing to write home about, his work in the running game makes up for it. He added 784 yards on the ground, the most by an Eagle in 2021, and scored 10 touchdowns with his legs on the season.
Hurts will of course need to improve through the air if the Eagles are to continue to rise and if he is going to be a long-term starter in the NFL. His first two years, however, have likely given the Eagles’ front office enough comfort to look away from a quarterback in the 2022 draft.
The Eagles currently have two picks in the first round and it would not be a surprise to see another receiver taken in one of those spots. Add that to an impressive rookie season for DeVonta Smith and a healthy Miles Sanders heading into 2022 and Hurts might just have the weapons to continue to impress in Philadelphia.
He is certainly not at the level of Dak Prescott, but with his form heading in the right direction and still entering just his third season as a pro, Hurts ranks second in the NFC East quarterback conversation.