Expectations Are Soaring for the Birds

Expectations are soaring for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2022 season.  We all remember back in June when Hurts had a poor sequence during one of the Eagles’ organized team activities in June. Even though it was from a credible reporter, Derrick Gunn, AJ Brown immediately disputed the report.  Brown wore his Hurts hat this week with a purpose. He took to social media to defend Hurts.  Is he a good friend, or does he believe in Jalen?  Time will tell.

Only in Philadelphia is where how the Eagles quarterback performs in a seven-on-seven period with nobody watching three months before the season begins can lead a news cycle.  Hell, anybody old enough can remember traffic outside Lehigh University to watch the Birds practice.  You know South Philadelphia would be packed to see the Hurts and Brown connection blossom.  We now rely on the few press members who have access and connections to the closed practices. 

Built to Win

Expectations are soaring for the Eagles after an offseason of high-profile acquisitions, punctuated by the trade for AJ Brown on draft night. The Eagles might have made a surprise run to the playoffs last season, but that will not be enough to satiate fans this season.  Early on, Vegas had the Eagles’ over/under win total at 8.5. Since the draft, it was 9.5.  I think the over is the safe bet with all the major upgrades. 

No matter how much better the Eagles are at wide receiver or on defense, any optimism about their chances hinges on progress from Hurts.  Russell Wilson is in Denver; Deshawn Watson is in Cleveland; any quarterback options in next year’s draft are inconsequential. This team is built to win.  This is Hurts’ team.  The teams’ success will depend on Hurts becoming a more efficient passer and stretch the field.

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Do the Eagles Believe in Jalen Hurts

Sirianni believes Hurts has the mental toughness to win the job. Hurts is apparently winning over the locker room.  The organization is backing Jalen as the team’s quarterback. Hurts said he hasn’t forgotten the feeling from last January.  Playing your first postseason game against Tom Brady is a tall task for anyone, but there’s no denying that to win in January, the Eagles will need a quarterback who can keep them in a game against other top quarterbacks.

Hurts’ first training camp practice had encouraging signs then reported earlier in June.  It was only a 58-minute session (Which is a whole other conversation) heavy on red zone plays.  Hurts found Brown for a touchdown in the corner of the end zone and snuck in a back-shoulder pass to Quez Watkins for another score. Hurts also had an interception.  Safety Marcus Epps capitalized on a late throw.  There will be more practices during the next few weeks. We will have a better sample size to project the 2022 season. Even then, Hurts tends to be better in games than in practices.

But the Eagles are not downplaying Hurts this season. His face was right there on Sirianni’s shirt on Day 1, a not-so-subtle sign for anyone forecasting the franchise’s chances this season. For the Eagles to meet expectations in 2022, they’ll need that quarterback to come through.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.