Jalen Hurts is One of Football's Best Deep Passers

July 21, 2023

Athlete Studio

Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback, has made incredible strides since taking the reins at the end of the 2020 season. His growth as a player, particularly in his deep-ball ability, has been nothing short of remarkable. In fact, The 33rd team has ranked him as the seventh-best deep passer in the NFL, recognizing his confidence and skill in throwing into one-on-one coverage.

The 33rd Team notes that Hurts benefits from having two top-tier receivers in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Hurts' eagerness to take risks and his ability to spot one-on-one coverage make him a quarterback who is willing to turn it loose. This dynamic connection between Hurts and his receivers has contributed to his exceptional growth as a passer.

According to ESPN, Hurts showed tremendous improvement as a passer in 2022. He climbed from 19th to fourth in QBR, with a notable increase from 54.6 to 66.4. His completion percentage also jumped from 26th to 11th, going from 61.3 percent to 66.5 percent. Furthermore, Hurts threw for an impressive 3,701 yards, averaging eight yards per pass. This was a significant improvement compared to his 2021 performance of 3,144 yards and an average of 7.3 yards per pass.

With Hurts' significant progress in his young NFL career, it's not surprising to expect further enhancement of his deep-ball skills. Another offseason to work with A.J. Brown, who played a vital role in Hurts' development as a passer last season, will undoubtedly be beneficial.

As the Philadelphia Eagles aim to make a return to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season, Hurts' development as a deep passer will be a bonus for the reigning NFC champions. Alongside his impressive abilities as a runner, Hurts' continued growth as a passer will make him a formidable force in the league.

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