The Eagles have a lot of their own problems, but one thing that’s been overlooked by the team is their lack of big-name wide receivers. They brought in Golden Tate and Alshon Jeffery, who both had strong seasons last year, yet neither has signed with Philadelphia. With an aging Carson Wentz at QB and a sketchy offensive line, how are the Eagles going to score points?
The “jalen hurts” is a question that has been asked a lot since the Eagles traded for wide receiver Golden Tate. Philadelphia has not made any big-name moves in free agency or the draft to bolster their receiving corps.
This April, the Philadelphia Eagles were facing a critical offseason. All eyes were on Howie Roseman and how he intended to upgrade the club after a very good 2021 NFL season.
Making the playoffs in 2021 was unquestionably a triumph. However, significant changes were required. The most noteworthy position groupings of concern were the secondary, defensive line, and wide receiver room.
Hasson Reddick was a big defensive end acquisition for Roseman. He swung and missed at both WR and safety, however. Along with DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins, the Eagles were most interested in bringing in an experienced wide receiver, but were forced to settle with Zach Pascal, a less-than-exciting alternative.
That raises the issue of why the Eagles were unable to sign one of the top wide receivers available.
This offseason, the Eagles lost out on a number of key wide receivers.
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Allen Robinson, Christian Kirk, Davante Adams, Robert Woods, Amari Cooper, and Juju Smith-Schuster are some of the players on the roster. These are just a handful of the noteworthy wide outs that will be moving on this summer. The Eagles were reportedly interested in almost all of these guys at one point or another, according to several sources. Before joining their new clubs, Robinson, Kirk, and Smith-Schuster were all heavily connected to the Eagles.
97.5 The Eagles were interested in Robert Woods, but couldn’t get him out of Los Angeles, according to John Kincade of The Fanatic. The Eagles were also interested in Jarvis Landry, according to Kincade, but that interest has likely faded with the arrival of Pascal.
Before signing a three-year contract with the Rams, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Eagles were interested in Allen Robinson.
As it typically goes in the NFL, Eagles beat reporters quickly squashed the idea of Philly “missing out” on any of these mentioned players. However, the Eagles promptly signing Pascal just a few days later proves Philadelphia was, in fact, interested in adding a WR this offseason.
The front office was unable to get any of the major stars.
Is Jalen Hurts to blame for this offseason’s dearth of wide receiver additions?
It’s such a crappy feeling that WRs view the #Eagles as a team they don’t wanna go to
— Louie DiBiase 🤌🏻🤌🏻🤌🏻 (@DiBiaseLOE) March 18, 2022
When a free agent is considering the club he wants to play for, there are several factors to consider. Money, location, and possible player and coaching staff ties are all variables that may have worked against Philadelphia this summer.
However, with so many key wide outs apparently shunning the Eagles in favor of other teams, it’s safe to infer Philly isn’t now considered as a desirable destination for seasoned receivers… which is usually an indictment of the starting quarterback.
It’s tough to overlook the reality that Jalen Hurts is one of the most run-heavy starting quarterbacks in NFL history, whether you like him or not. Last season, the Eagles had to entirely overhaul their playbook in order to accommodate Hurts, changing the club into a run-first squad.
It allowed Philadelphia to make the playoffs. However, it’s evident that seasoned wide receivers who want to rack up receiving yards and touchdowns would find it unappealing.
Will the Eagles continue to rely on Jalen Hurts’ style of play?
I really want the #Eagles to add a WR
Simultaneously, Jalen Hurts must make personal adjustments that have resulted in plays being left on the field in order for this offense to take another step toward being a pass-first club.
More firearms will not solve the problem…ask Cleveland.
— Louie DiBiase 🤌🏻🤌🏻🤌🏻 (@DiBiaseLOE) March 14, 2022
Hurts is a young man, barely 23 years old. Moving ahead, he’ll most likely improve as a passer. However, the chances of his becoming a Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen — free agents clamoring to play alongside him — are very remote.
Hurts finished the season with a 21st-place passing yardage, 28th-place completion %, 22nd-place passer rating, and 19th-place QBR. That’s the kind of person he is. Hurts will not be WRs’ first pick to receive passes from in a league with rising young talent like Mahomes, Allen, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, and Lamar Jackson.
Juju Smith-Schuster even went on record saying the reason he chose the Chiefs — on a relatively small salary — is due to the presence of Mahomes. The quarterback position matters when it comes to attracting free-agent WRs to one’s team,
In the end, the Eagles will have no choice but to rely on Hurts’ style of play in 2022. Pascal is a great run-blocking WR but doesn’t provide much in the receiving game, making him an ideal complement to Hurts.
However, how much longer can Philadelphia afford to function in this manner? Will they commit to a full-fledged run-first attack for the next ten years? Or are they willing to discuss Hurts’ influence on their ability to participate in free agency?
Only time will tell, but the amount of swinging and missing the Eagles did at the wide receiver position this summer is tough to deny. It’s not ideal for a front office that prides itself on being “aggressive.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What team was Jalen hurts on before the Eagles?
A: He played for the Indianapolis Colts, but he was traded to Philadelphia Eagles before the 2019 NFL season.
How much did Jalen hurts lift?
A: Jalen hurts had an equal lift to the car.
What records did Jalen hurts break in the NFL?
A: Jalen Hurts set the record for most rushing yards in a game by an Alabama QB. On November 5th, 2017, he rushed for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns against LSU.
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