Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts named as a potential first-time Pro Bowler

In a recent article on NFL.com, “Around the NFL” writer Marc Sessler named a potential first-time Pro Bowler for every team in the league. For the Philadelphia Eagles, it was unsurprisingly the team’s newest starting quarterback, Jalen Hurts.

Here’s what Sessler had to say about the Eagles and Hurts potentially developing into a Pro Bowl caliber arm for them as soon as this upcoming season:

The last time we saw them, the Eagles were a bubbling on-field disgrace. Not just bad, but boring and a stench to the senses. That’s playing into today’s perception that Philly barely exists in the NFC. Look closer, though, and you can see the makings of a productive offense if the line stays healthy and wideout DeVonta Smith hits the ground running. So much depends on Hurts, who brought life to the team during his four starts to close the year. If anything, Hurts offers a spicy floor due to his ability to take off on the ground. I want this to work — desperately — because the concept of watching Joe Flacco lumber around in the pocket chips away at my will to exist.

While it’s relatively hard to imagine Hurts sneaking his way into the 2021 Pro Bowl simply due to the immense amount of quarterback talent that exists in the NFC right now (Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford, Dak Prescott), the logic that Sessler employs here is somewhat sound. The Philadelphia Eagles are a bit of an unknown this year, primarily due to the presence of Hurts and a brand new coaching staff.

If Hurts and the recently drafted DeVonta Smith are able to form an elite on-field relationship, and the offensive line manages to stay healthy, you could be looking at an Eagles offense that is somewhat comparable to some of the better teams in the NFC – at least from a statistical standpoint.

Even if Hurts doesn’t have the best of years in regards to his passing, his ability to extend plays with his legs should see his total yardage still finish on the higher side.

Hurts recorded 354 rushing yards during his rookie season, and that was while spending the majority of the year in a gadget/backup role.

NFL.com named Jalen Hurts as a potential first-time Pro Bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.

With that said, the odds of Hurts cracking the Pro Bowl during his first season as a starting quarterback feels pretty unlikely. A lot would have to go right for Philly in regards to their coaching staff, offensive line, and receiving core – and of course Hurts would have to play extremely well himself.

Let’s just worry about Hurts having an average-to-above-average season as a starter, before worrying about him making Pro Bowls and what not.