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What have we learned about Jalen Hurts so far?

Great number of. But not enough.

He definitely has a lot going for him. He is a kid with character and a born leader, he has improved significantly from last year in football accuracy and defense, he has the ability to score points quickly , he’s an explosive athlete and he’s made some big time throws. your attention.

What else?

He’s not consistent enough, he doesn’t always see open receivers and he has a knack for passing the ball deep.

Is he The Guy? Ask me after 25 days.

Because when the 2021 season comes to an end, the Eagles find themselves in a perfect position to judge a young defender. Thanks in large part to the Hurts, they are 6-7 and are on the hunt for a playoff spot with four games remaining. Not bad if they were 2-5 a month and a half ago.

The NFC playoff race is complicated, but to put it simply: Draw 4-0, you draw. Draw 2-2, you probably won’t enter. Draw 3-1? You’ve got a really good shot.

According to The 538, if the Eagles win their next three games, they have an 88% chance of making it to the knockout stages. And there’s no reason the Eagles can’t beat Washington twice and the Giants at home to get themselves that 88 percent with a 7th seed and a trip to Tampa, Glendale, Los Angeles or Green Bay .

And there’s nothing better than a playoff to judge a quarterback.

That’s why this is a pivotal moment for Hurts. Because when you’re facing must-win games and a post-season landing is at stake, that’s when you learn the most about the most important person on the field.

How does he react when the stakes are highest, crowd is loudest, hits are hardest?

We had three weeks to sit back and watch that lousy performance against the Giants, which perhaps doesn’t do justice to Hurts, as he’s done so many positive things to get the Eagles in position to run. It’s a step backwards but shouldn’t define him.

This brings us to four games that will either send the Eagles out of post-season for the seventh time in the past 11 years or make Nick Sirianni the third head coach in franchise history to reach the knockout stages in first season, following Ray Rhodes in 1995 and Chip Kelly in 2013.

If Hurts can get this team to the knockout stages in his first year as a starter in his first year in a new scheme with a new coach a year after the disaster 4- 11-1 and a 2-5 start saw the Eagles fall behind the Cowboys, Chiefs, Buccaneers and Raiders 27, 19, 21 and 23 points over a 27-day span… then, yes, that would give give us a pretty strong indication that he’s a guy you can win over.

If he plunges down the bend, and the Eagles can’t close the deal and lose one of Washington’s games or God forbid the Giants again and fall short after the season? That’s pretty big news, then, that you just can’t ignore when it’s time to find out who will be the Eagles defender in 2022.

Of course, it’s not that simple.

The Eagles can win three of the next four goals in running and defending and just play here and there from the Hurts. Or maybe he turns off the lights and the defense falters.

I wouldn’t say Hurts’ entire fate with the Eagles depends on how he plays over the next four weeks, but it’s fair to say we’ll know a lot more about him after Washington, Giants, Washington, Cowboys than we know now.

The Giants are 19th in the NFL in defense, the Cowboys are 23rd and the Washingtons are 30th.

All is well there for the Eagles. All is well there for Hurts. Enough about him being The Guy.

Over the next four Sundays, he will have every chance to prove it.

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