Brian Baldinger: ‘The development of Jalen Hurts is so real’

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Jalen Hurts is making more and more people believe. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has put up passing and rushing numbers through three games that the NFL hasn’t seen before.

Hurts’ latest masterclass came on Sunday in Washington. He went 22 of 35 for 340 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while adding 20 rushing yards on nine carries.

Brian Baldinger and Jason La Canfora of the Audacy Original Podcast “In The Huddle” had high praise for Hurts and the rest of the Eagles offense after three strong showings to start the season.

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“The development of Jalen Hurts is so real. People keep saying ‘Well, I’m going to hold my breath on Jalen Hurts.’ I’m like you can keep holding your breath, you’re going to die blue in the face,” Baldinger said (4:03 in player above).

“I said after watching the game Sunday night, I said this is the best deep-ball thrower in the league. Now, obviously, that’s meant to sort of tease because nobody’s going to take anything away from Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes, whatever. But he had eight balls thrown down the field over 25 yards in the air. You got two defensive pass interference penalties. DeVonta Smith before the half leads to a field goal, A.J. Brown, Quez Watkins, Dallas Goedert. He trusts his receivers.”

Ten different Eagles have caught at least one pass this season, including seven on Sunday against the Commanders. Smith, Brown, and third-string tight end Grant Calcaterra all had catches of 38 yards or longer. Add in Watkins’ 53-yard touchdown catch on Monday Night Football against Minnesota and the Eagles are really cooking.

A big reason for Hurts and the Eagles being able to complete so many long passes is the offensive line. They’ve allowed Hurts to thrive and show his skills to prove that he’s more than just a running quarterback.

“Now, the other component to it is their offensive line can protect as well as anybody, and they did. It’s like bombs away watching them,” Baldinger continued. “He’s not just a run around quarterback. He can throw the ball. Look, I don’t know if A.J. Brown is going to go up and pull all of these things out of the sky, or DeVonta’s going to pull that, just outjump guys like he did, but he believes that those guys can do it and that’s part of the battle is believing that.”

Overall, Brown led the way in the first two weeks with 15 catches on 21 targets for 124 yards. Then it was Smith’s turn to shine in Washington. He had his breakout game with eight catches on 12 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Brown and Smith are showing out, but they wouldn’t be able to without a guy like Hurts under center. He’s been able to read the field and make the right decisions to lead the Eagles to a 3-0 start.

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