1. Jalen Hurts, QB
Being on the “chopping block" might be a bit harsh for Jalen Hurts but the truth is that he didn’t play well when it counted last year. Hurts, who was phenomenal in 2022, helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl and they nearly won it all. This year, he had them on fire with a 10-1 record but then the 1-5 finish soured things — as did the one-game playoff run.
The main issue for Hurts this year was turnovers. In the past, he has been incredibly careful with the ball and had just 19 picks in his three seasons. In the two years he was a full-time starter before 2023, he had just 15. This year, he had another 15 which was uncharacteristic for him.
Hurts also struggled at times in the run game. His numbers were padded by the “Brotherly Shove” which helped him score 15 touchdowns on the ground but his yards per attempt fell to a career-low 3.9.
Of course, Hurts signed the massive extension following the Super Bowl appearance which means he’s safe. For a while. But even he knows that only offers so much security — since he supplanted Carson Wentz shortly after his $100 million deal.
With their new coordinator, Philly will be looking for someone who can work well with their franchise quarterback. That’s why this year is going to be crucial for Hurts, who needs to prove he can find the same success he had in 2022.