Jalen Hurts developing like Patrick Mahomes


Here’s a scary thought for the Giants and the rest of the NFC East: What if Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is just surfacing in his development?

On Sunday, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale will get his second look at Hurts, who was used in 2020 in rushing situations behind starter Carson Wentz when he faced Martindale’s Ravens.

“From last year to last year, he’s really been working on his throwing mechanics, his footwork, and it’s paying off,” said Martindale. “In the same way as for Patrick Mahomes. If you go back and look at those comparisons, it’s very similar. He’s a triple threat.”

Mahomes was benched on the Chiefs as a rookie and won his first MVP in his first season starting. This is the second season at the helm for Hurts, who completes a career-high 68.1 percent of his passes and averages 245 yards per game through the air and another 50.8 on the ground. The former second-round pick is responsible for 29 combined passes and rushing touchdowns while making just five turnovers.

“I told the defensive staff, I know they’re not going to play the Pro Bowl this year,” Martindale said, referring to the cancellation of the NFL’s All-Star game, “but they’re playing it in Philly because they’re are talented across the board Jalen gets to that level – that top level quarterback – because you can just see the jump.

Jalen Hurts has had a breakthrough season.
Patrick Mahomes
Wink Martindale thinks Patrick Mahomes’ development was similar to that of Jalen Hurts.
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The Giants already faced the two leading rushing quarterbacks in the NFL: Justin Fields of The Bears (seven carries for 52 yards) and Lamar Jackson of Ravens (11 for 77). What’s different about Hurts?

“I think it’s the power and balance he gets out of his cuts,” Martindale said. “So he can get you running, and when he sits down and makes a cut, he comes out with power, compared to a lot of guys.” The thing that makes him so hard to play against is that he’s still trying to get the ball down the field until that last second when he says, ‘No, I’m going.’ ”

RB Saquon Barkley (neck) was added to the injury report as a restricted participant in Thursday’s practice. When asked how he feels physically: “I feel like it’s week 14. It doesn’t matter if I had 200 touches or 10 touches, it’s a drag. The wear and tear of the mind and body.”

S Julian Love, DT Dexter Lawrence and RG Mark Glowinski rejoined practice on Wednesday. CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), OG Shane Lemieux (toe), OG Josh Ezeudu (neck) and DL Leonard Williams (neck) did not practice.

CB Darnay Holmes (shoulder), WR Richie James (knee), CB Nick McCloud (hamstring), DL Henry Mondeaux (knee) were limited.

S Xavier McKinney had the pins removed from his broken hand, which is one step towards returning to the field. He is eligible to come off injured reserve this week, but head coach Brian Daboll sounded pessimistic about the possibility.

“There’s a lot more to discuss with the doctors and the trainers,” Daboll said.

Daboll said he “hopes so” when asked if McKinney will return this season. Removing the pins should open up the possibility that McKinney could play with his hand wrapped like a club.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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