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Doug Pederson sees bright future for Eagles’ Jalen Hurts: ‘He’s going to defy all odds’

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Doug Pederson was a front-row seat early in Jalen Hurts’ NFL career, and he’s not surprised to see the Oklahoma-Alabama product thrive in his third pro season.

The former Eagles coach returns to Philadelphia this weekend, where he once called for Carson Wentz to be replaced by the Hurts in 2020. However, this time around, Pederson’s Jaguars staff will be focused on limiting the Herts. He knows that this will be a challenge because Hurts has already made a career beyond all expectations.

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“He’s going to defy all odds,” Pederson said Wednesday. via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “That’s how his career was built. He overcame adversity wherever he went, in Alabama and Oklahoma.

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“Just not surprised. Not surprised he’s playing so well and he’s playing and really using the guys around him to help him get these wins they’re accumulating.”

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Hurts are off to a fantastic start, ranking in the top 10 in terms of completion percentage, passes per game, touchdown to steal ratio, passer rating and win-loss record. The Hurts passer rating of 106.5 is second only to Lamar Jackson, Tua Tagovailoa, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.

Right behind him is Pederson’s new quarterback, Trevor Lawrence of Jacksonville.

The results were a revelation to Eagles fans who knew Hurts could turn the game with his running ability but weren’t sure he could be the best passer yet. Thanks in part to the arrival of A.J. Brown to a receiving team that already included former Heisman Trophy winner DeVont Smith, Philadelphia’s offense is in full swing.

The Hurts’ progress came as no surprise to Pederson, who realized the quarterback’s potential and work ethic during the Hurts’ rookie season.

“He was the same,” Pederson said. “He was a sponge, he wants to learn, he wants to get better. He is professional and takes everything seriously. he still does it.”

Pederson is hoping that defending his team — the top-six team that shares the league lead in casualties — will make life difficult for the Hurts. And if the Eagles signalman succeeds again, it won’t shock anyone, especially Pederson.

“It just doesn’t surprise me how well he plays,” Pederson said. “He prepared himself for it.”



Source: www.nfl.com

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