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The always-calm and rational Philadelphia fanbase had some thoughts concerning the Eagles’ impressive begin to the preseason Friday night.
Jalen Hurts led a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took slightly below four minutes contrary to the NY Jets.
Possibly the most encouraging area of the drive was all 80 yards were racked up by Hurts through the air. The third-year quarterback completed all six of his attempts, including a 28-yard strike to Quez Watkins on his first pass.
Hurts finished his only drive of the overall game with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert.
Jalen Hurts on his first drive:
158.3 perfect passer rating
The Eagles offense will be scary pic.twitter.com/Yuq7Ra4guZ
Hurts did make an effort to use his legs when he scrambled for what is a 12-yard touchdown run. The play was called back due to a holding penalty by Jordan Mailata.
It didn’t become a problem, as Hurts found Goedert for a score on another play.
The Jets defense did assist in keeping the drive alive. Hurts was sacked out of bounds on a 3rd-and-5 play, but Quinnen Williams hit the Eagles quarterback late and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
The Eagles offense did all that with out a.J. Brown even being targeted on the drive. The 25-year-old did suit up for his first game with Philadelphia after being acquired in a draft-day trade with the Tennessee Titans.
Ed Kracz @kracze
Jalen Hurts goes 6-6 for 80 yards on opening drive, including 22 yard TD to Dallas Goedert. Not just a single target for AJ Brown. Not just a single rushing yard, either. Shocking. #Eagles
Harry Douglas @HDouglas83
Dont be #Surprised if @Eagles QB Jalen Hurt gets the BEST season from that position in the NFC EASTYUP, I said it! He’s got the very best OLine, the very best TE & the very best WR Group for the reason that divisionOh yeah, that RUN GAME was #1 in the NFL this past year aswell
The questions about Hurts entering this year revolved almost entirely around his ability as a passer.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers engineered a casino game plan in the NFC Wild Card round where they dared Hurts to beat them through the air. He finished just 23-of-43 for 258 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 31-15 loss.
Hurts led all quarterbacks with 782 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the floor last season.
Among the reasons the Eagles added Brown was to create life easier for Hurts as a passer.
In line with the very brief, early returns in one preseason series, Hurts might not even need Brown showing that he’s evolved as a thrower. It’ll certainly be nice to really have the former Pro Bowler externally as they continue steadily to create a rapport heading in to the regular season.