Everyone seems to agree that the Philadelphia Eagles won the season. Will the good vibes of spring translate into championships this winter? It all depends on the starting midfielder.
Jalen Hurts is the key to everything. The player starting his second year must improve his passing from the 2021 campaign while looking more comfortable in the pocket. If he does that, the Eagles will be able to compete with anyone in NFC. It’s a common sentiment that is being shared around NFL circles.
“I think a lot of teams have improved. Take the Philadelphia Eagles for example,” NFL Insider Michael Lombardi told After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I mean, they think they’re going to be really good this year and maybe so, but they haven’t improved in midfield. Now if they did – if Jalen Hurts played better – you would definitely think they would be an improved team. “
Hurts has all that invisible and the whole city is cheering for him. No one can question his work ethic, especially his teammates. Proper handling Lane Johnson knows from the sight of how he has attacked the season. He’s the first in the gym and the last out, doing it all with a light presence.
Johnson told the GoJo podcast: “Man, a lot of it depends on what you do every day. “He works at his best. What I like about him is that he always has a calm demeanor about him. It’s like with a head coach, same with Andy Reid, or people like Bill Belichick. Guys who are always calm under pressure or if they are in a bad situation, they don’t show it. Teams provide that energy, so when you have that presence, it keeps the team calm in conversation and in games. “
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Power Lifter, Lower-Body Strength
Hurts became a legendary figure thanks to those viral videos showing him at the Bro Barn on Johnson’s property in New Jersey. He’s been seen lifting 620 pounds in 2021. The quarterback has insane lower-body strength, dating back to his days as a high school powerlifter.
“He is super strong. He was a power lifter in high school,” Johnson told Mike Golic Jr. “He has a very strong squat, deadlift, stuff like that. I am very excited about this year. I know we’re loaded with AJ Brown, the offense looks good. We have some good people in the draft. On paper we look really good right now but as you know, that could change.
“That can go away quickly. You have to do it every day. But, man, Jalen looks great. I think he’s a bit more muscular than last year. It’s great to have a midfielder with mobility, escape, in the pocket that makes the O line easier.”
Josh Sweat Named ‘Most Underrated Player’
Defense is over Josh Sweat was named the “most underrated player” on the Eagles in an ESPN/Football Outsiders list detailing the most overlooked players for all 32 teams. They are expecting big things from the 25-year-old pass driver, who signed a 3-year contract extension with his teammates in 2021. They wrote:
Who led the Eagles in last year’s births? Is it Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett or Javon Hargrave? No. It was the fourth year of Josh Sweat, with 25 hurdles and the highest 7.5 bags of his teammate. Sweat’s three-year extension with Philadelphia would see him never hit the $6.1 million upper limit until 2024. Meanwhile, even with Haason Reddick involved, Sweat could be was the strongest advantage in the team.
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