Eagles Notes: One of the areas where Jalen Hurts has made amazing progress

An area of ​​notable improvement for Jalen Hurts, James Bradbury and Darius Sly’s wild stats and why the Eagles’ second half wasn’t a complete disaster.

There isn’t much else going on at Philly sports this weekend, so you can also check out this week’s edition of Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations!

1. I don’t think Jalen Hurts got the credit he deserves for his transition from one of the most prone quarterbacks in the NFL as a rookie to a man who two years later became a near-record pace for the fewest turnovers of the season. Hurts averaged 37 touches every 37 touches (pass attempts, sacks, acceleration attempts) as a rookie, then cut that down to one every 54 touches last year, then down to one every 138 touches so far this year. Now, he may not keep up with that pace, but Hurts’ interception rate this year – once in every 92 attempts – is the third-best in the league, behind only Tom Brady (one in 340 attempts) and Daniel Jones (1 in 95 attempts). At his current pace, he would become the eighth QB in history to throw 500 passes and throw fewer than six interceptions. And despite the way he plays, he hasn’t lost any confusion yet. Hurts’ career IQ – at one per 51 attempts – is now 13th in NFL history (minimum 500 attempts), and is on track to break Carson Wentz’s 2019 Eagles record for best interception in a season (minimum 400 attempts) .

Hurts does it all while getting the ball on the field with a very good clip – he’s sixth in the league at 12.3 yards per attempt. Only two quarterbacks in NFL history have averaged at least 12.3 yards per career achievement as well as one interception every 50 or more pass attempts. They are Patrick Mahomes and Hurts. Here’s a list of QBs with 45 or more TDs dashing and passing and 15 or fewer interceptions in the first 25 starts: Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott and Hurts.

These are truly some of the magical things we see from Hurts on a weekly basis. He’s 24, and he’s going to keep getting better.

2. There are two players with a Trans-Central Opposition rating under 30 this year (minimum 20 goals). One is James Bradbury at 29.0. The other is Darius Slay at 14.6. This is crazy.

3. I would like to see the Eagles return to take more shots on the field, and there is no better team to do that against the Steelers, who have allowed more big passes than any other team this year. In the first three weeks of the season, the Eagles ranked ninth in the NFL with 8.2 intended air yards per pass attempt, and the next three weeks were last in 5.0 air yards per attempt. The Eagles hit seven passes for at least 30 yards in their first three games but only two in their last three games. With this quarterback, this first line and those receivers, this offense has a lot of great playing potential, and there are certainly times when it makes sense to play it close to the jacket, but mixing in a few big plays will make this offense even harder to defend.

4. The Eagles are the only NFL team that hasn’t had a 10-sack season of edge accelerator since 2016.

5. The Saints keep losing, and the Eagles’ first-round selection is constantly improving. Now, the Saints can go on a massive winning streak under Andy Dalton. It is possible. But 538 thinks the Saints are one of six teams ending 6-11, which will put the choice between the numbers 3 and 8. As it stands now, the choice of Saints the Eagles will get is number 4, and just put that in perspective, the Eagles had They’ve had four top four spots in the past 50 years: Kenny Jackson No. 4 in 1984, Donovan McNab No. 2 in 1999, Lynne Johnson No. 4 in 2013 and Carson Wentz No. 2 in 2016.

6. I know there has been a lot of talk about trading the Eagles with Andre Dillard ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, and if I was a team desperate for a left-hand tackle, I would be on the phone with Howie on a daily basis. And while a good spare left-hand tackle is a luxury, when you’re 6-0 and you’re thinking of the Super Bowl, I don’t think you’re dumping Dillard unless the comeback is silly — say third-round pick (which you wouldn’t go for). Jack Driscoll is a mill and gives you his all, but the gap between Driscoll and Dillard is huge, and if something happens to Jordan Millata, Dillard’s LT value before Driscoll is big enough that it’s worth keeping Dillard in place. Same goes for Gardner Minshew. I know Howie loves hoarding drafts and I’m sure it’s tempting to listen to the shows. But when you have realistic Super Bowl aspirations, it’s more important to have as much depth as possible in your extended run rather than adding choices for the future.

7. The Eagles’ inability to score after the break is ridiculous and must be fixed if they are going to continue winning. However, the interesting thing about the second half is that their average driving after the break is 3 minutes 11 seconds – the fourth longest in the league (behind the Bengals, Cards and Giants). They score only 23 percent of those drives (sixth-worst) and they run 47 percent of them (5th-worst). But they are chainstays, running around the clock and collecting some long rides, in some cases with a lead that is just as important as scoring because they shorten the match and keep the other attack off the field. Their driving average started in the second half with the Eagles increasing 11.7 points, in the second half Jalen Hurts completed 68 percent of his passes, and Miles Sanders averaged 5.1 yards per carry. So there are some good signs out there. They just need to start finishing up some of those long point rides.

8. Galen Hurts threw three interceptions during 12 pass attempts against the Giants in Week 12 last year. And he has had three interceptions in 278 passing attempts since then.

9. Finishing Best Eagles Steelers Ever: That was in November 2000 at Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers took a 23-13 lead when the Eagles took the ball with a 3:33 left in the fourth quarter on the 43-yard streak. Hopeless? not exactly. Donovan McNabb hit Torrance Small for 19 yards and after a couple pass to Stanley Pritchett and a personal foul on Lee Flowers, the Eagles found themselves in first and tenth on the 13 Steelers with 2:36 left. McNabb threw a TD card to Brian Mitchell—the only TD receiver B-Mitch had ever recorded as an eagle—and scored David Akers’ PAT 23-20. After a penalty, the Eagles tried a side kick and succeeded, and Tim Hawk took back Akers’ kick in the 32 Eagles. Pritchett’s 13-yard run, another 19-yard catch by Small and receiving Chad Lewis quickly got the Eagles into the field goal range, and the Eagles—without any delays—managed a field target unit into the field as time expired, and with 0:01 on the clock Akers tied the game with a 42-yard field goal.

Overtime rules were different at the time. You score, you win. The Eagles won the coin toss and led 49 yards in seven plays—including Pritchett’s 16-yard run—and Akers won it with another 42-yard field goal. The Eagles scored three times without the Steelers getting the ball.

10. Galen Hurts is the fourth youngest player in NFL history to lead a team to a 6-0 record. Dan Marino was 23 years old when the Dolphins hit 6-0 in 1984, Daunte Culpepper was 23 years 261 days old when he hit 2000 Vikings 6-0 and Jared Goff turned 24 on the day he went Ramez 2018 6-0. Killer Murray was a day older than Hertz when the cards arrived 6-0 last year. Dolphins opened 1984 11-0, 2018 Rams 8-0 and 2000 Vikings 7-0.

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