The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts with the intention of making him the franchise quarterback.
After a 2020 campaign that saw him play in only four outings, he returned in 2021 and played in 15 games. Philly ended up going 9-8 on the year and reaching the playoffs (despite being openly cheated by referees) – where they subsequently got destroyed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In the offseason, Hurts trained hard to right that wrong. And the fruits of his labor are readily apparent to anyone who sees him nowadays.
Recent photos of Hurts show that he has undergone an incredible body transformation:
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) July 15, 2022
Understandably, with social media being what it is these days, reactions poured in immediately:
— Ms Yolanda (@ms_ballardy) July 16, 2022
Those arms. https://t.co/F0Z4BJJh2m
— Sweet Polly (@CaliGirl998) July 16, 2022
I mean ☺️ https://t.co/hXNc1MoJTO
— Kanchana Reynolds 🏴 (@kanchierey) July 16, 2022
— L7Weenie (@L7Weenie_PHL) July 16, 2022
yea yea i love football and all of that too BUT, GOD this MANNN is so fine 🤭 https://t.co/R8GbCssc36
— jaz😇 (@jazmyneee629) July 16, 2022
Yeah for training camp 🕶️👀 https://t.co/rxQ60vV2Tg
— Andrew Stevens (@ThirstyProphet) July 16, 2022
This is going to be a massive year for Hurts. He will either establish himself as a star to watch or show the Eagles that they need a more permanent solution at the quarterback slot. The hope is that the former will come true, giving fans something to look forward to beyond getting frisky in the bathroom stall of games.
Last season Hurts recorded 3,144 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while completing 61.3 percent of his passes. He was also effective on the ground, rushing for 784 yards on 139 carries and amassing 10 touchdowns.
Over the summer the Eagles went out and acquired A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans. On paper, at least, he and Hurts should form a potent one-two offensive punch.
Stephen Curry’s reaction to Alex Morgan’s photo. https://t.co/3oPEL5gOFW
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 20, 2022
It seems like everything is set up right now for Hurts to have a tremendous 2022-23 campaign. But obviously it all comes down to his ability to executive.
Will Hurts lead the Eagles to the top of the NFC East in next season?
Time will tell.