Eagles observation: It will take more than Jalen Hurts for superior passing game

Welcome to the twenty sixth consecutive weekly version of Roob’s 10 Eagles’ 10 Random Offseason Observations.

Once we meet once more subsequent weekend, with coaching camp underway, we’ll lose the “low season” label. Lastly.

For now, we’ll speak in regards to the significance of the evolution of the Eagles’ passing sport, an encouraging stat from Miles Sanders, a former Eagles vast receiver who has inexplicably been handed over by the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, and far more.

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1. The Eagles realized within the second half of final season that they might beat a variety of unhealthy groups by working the ball greater than they threw it. They realized within the playoffs that philosophy does not work in opposition to an elite staff with a savvy defensive coordinator and a 31-point third-quarter lead. The Eagles averaged 31 passing performs per sport final yr, the fewest within the NFL and the fewest by the Eagles since 1992. It was enjoyable whereas it lasted, however when the Buccaneers pressured the Eagles to throw, catastrophe struck. Jalen Hurts, a 23-year-old making his first postseason look, needed to throw 43 passes, his most since Week 4, and the passing sport simply did not evolve to the purpose the place it might work. It wasn’t simply Hurts. Jalen Reagor performed 53 offensive snaps in that sport (and had two yards), which might enslave any quarterback. However the actuality is the Eagles simply did not have the sort of high-powered passing sport it is advisable to be aggressive lately. And that greater than something is what has to vary this yr. It isn’t so simple as “Jalen must get higher.” It goes a lot deeper than that. The decision sport wants to enhance with extra selection and extra aggressiveness. Move blocking wants to enhance: The Eagles solely ranked 14th in sacks allowed per cross try final yr. Huge performs have to extend: Solely six groups had fewer 30-yard completions final yr. AJ Brown has to play just like the star we expect he’s. And Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith need to preserve doing what they did in 2021. With these working backs and this offensive line, the working sport will nonetheless be there when the Eagles want it. And there will likely be loads of alternatives for the Eagles to roll out the working sport. However they cannot depend on that, and their capacity to develop a fantastic passing sport is likely one of the greatest keys to this 2022 season.

two. He was a bit misplaced with every little thing occurring round his false begin, however Devon Allen stated in Eugene after he was disqualified on the 110m hurdles on the World Championships in Athletics that he was competing regardless of getting damage on Wednesday. earlier than the race, which might have been July 13. He stated the harm was severe sufficient that he needed to lower brief his final days of coaching earlier than tryouts on July 16: “I damage my hamstring on Wednesday, I could not do something till Saturday. the primary spherical, which did not go in addition to I wished. However my hamstring has been sort of holding it collectively.” With the primary observe of coaching camp scheduled for Wednesday, two weeks after he was initially injured, one thing to be careful for. Allen is combating an uphill battle for a spot on the roster. He cannot afford to start out camp with lower than 100%.

3. Working backs in NFL historical past who averaged 5.3 yards per carry (minimal 100 carries) in consecutive seasons earlier than their twenty fifth birthday: Dan Towler of the Rams in 1951 and 1952, Clinton Portis of the Broncos in 2002 and 2003, Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs in 2009 and 2010 and Sanders in 2020 and 2021.

4. Talking of Sanders… I’ve stated all offseason that Sanders grew to become a wiser, extra decisive ball provider final yr. He did not dance as a lot as his first two seasons, he did not attempt to bounce every little thing out on the first signal of bother inside, he did not attempt to hit the house run each time. The numbers affirm it. Sanders’ first two years gained a variety of yards however he additionally incurred too many unfavourable runs, often when he tried to do an excessive amount of. Final yr, he made nice strides in that space. As a rookie, Sanders gained zero or fewer yards 22.9 % of the time. In 2021, that fell a bit to twenty.1 %. Nonetheless too excessive. However final yr he had a achieve of zero or much less on simply 13.9 % of his carries. Working backs want to grasp that they’re hurting the staff by attempting to show a 4-yard run right into a 40-yard run, however as an alternative they’re ejected for loss. That determine of 13.9 % is de facto encouraging. Straight up amongst tackles, Miles Sanders is by far the best Miles Sanders.

5. Word to Jason Peters: Please backing out. Phenomenal race. Corridor of Fame profession. Eagle of all time. However it’s time.

6. Jalen Hurts Stat of the Week: Hurts’ 1,138 dashing yards is fourth-most within the historical past of an Eagles participant earlier than his twenty fourth birthday, trailing solely LeSean McCoy [3,026]sanders [1,685] and mike hogan [1,448].

7. Somebody has to elucidate to me why Harold Jackson is just not within the Corridor of Fame. After 1981, his final full season, he was third in NFL historical past with 10,246 yards, behind solely Corridor of Famers Don Maynard and Lance Alworth, and to this present day is one in every of solely six WRs in NFL historical past with 10,000 yards and a 17.5 common (DeSean Jackson is one other). From 1969 to 1979, a span of 11 years, he had practically 1,800 extra receiving yards, 50 extra receptions and eight extra TD receptions than anybody else within the NFL. Jackson by no means had an elite quarterback, however he nonetheless grew to become the staff of the last decade within the Nineteen Seventies. Solely 13 of the 29 modern-era WRs within the Corridor of Fame made extra Professional Bowls. But Jackson hasn’t even been a Corridor of Fame finalist. Ridiculous.

8. In 1990, Keith Byars threw 4 passes and 4 touchdowns and Stan Humphries threw 156 passes and three touchdowns.

9. Reagor final yr grew to become the primary vast receiver in NFL historical past to start out 10 or extra video games, have 40 or extra offensive touches and have fewer than 350 yards from scrimmage.

10 Dick Vermeil’s first coaching camp, 46 years in the past at Widener, started on July 5, 1976 and continued via September 3. Most days have been double periods with practices often lasting two to 2 and a half hours. Subtracting the times earlier than and after preseason video games — and there have been six preseason video games again then — that leaves about 80 practices, most with full contact. That is about 180 hours of observe. This yr, the Eagles have 9 coaching camp practices scheduled on the NovaCare Complicated, one on the Linc and two extra in Cleveland and Miami for 14 periods in whole, most of which can final between 75 and 90 minutes with out reside drills. . That is about 19 whole hours of observe. It is superb how a lot NFL coaching camp has modified since Vermeil’s first season. And it isn’t like Nick Sirianni is straightforward on his guys. A lot of the adjustments have been legislated through the years by the CBA to guard gamers, and Sirianni’s periods are lighter and shorter than most. However consider it this manner: If the Eagles have a complete of 19 hours of observe in coaching camp, it could be as if Vermeil had 4 days of camp left.

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