Teammates Aren't Surprised By Jalen Hurts' Ascendance

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Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are looking over their shoulders these days.

Yeah, that’s right. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has quickly turned himself into one of the hottest QBs in the NFL this season, once again amazing audiences watching at home with his play last Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. In one of the best dual performances by a QB this season, Hurts ran the ball 17 times for 157 yards and threw for another 153 yards and two touchdowns to improve the Eagles’ record to 10-1. It was the first time since 1950 that a QB had run and thrown for at least 150 yards and, perhaps even more impressive, it broke Michael Vick’s franchise record of 130 yards rushing in a game.

While all of this may come as a surprise to many fans, Hurts’ ability to both throw and run the ball doesn’t shock his teammates one bit. 

“That’s a natural gift he has,” Wide receiver A.J. Brown said of the quarterback’s performance Sunday after learning it broke Vick’s record. “He did an amazing job.”

Brown isn’t lying, either. Hurts already has 597 yards rushing to go with eight touchdowns, which leads all NFL QBs, not to mention he’s thrown for 2,560 yards plus 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions. 

“I love watching run. I love watching him play,” Eagles running back Boston Scott marveled. “I think he’s gonna go off every time he steps on the field.”

It’s certainly been that way the last two weeks with Hurts racking up 243 yards rushing, averaging 121.5 yards per contest. It benefits the Eagles when Hurts is running as the team is a perfect 5-0 in games he’s rushed for 50 yards or more. Whether it’s on the ground or through the air, his teammates continue to be impressed

“He’s a winner,” said Scott.

With the Eagles at 10-1, there is no arguing with that.

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