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It’s amazing what trust and opportunity can do for players, especially a ridiculously criticized player like Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles’ second-year quarterback is starting to show fans and teams what he’s capable of, and all it took was his coach giving him the time to do it.

I’ve been a firm believer in Jalen Hurts since he was a freshman at Alabama. That continued over the next three years, to the day he was drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 53rd pick and to through the current day.

I felt the Steelers should have selected Hurts with the 49th pick (Chase Claypool) as they needed a replacement for their aging Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger.

With a season or two under Roethlisberger and Tomlin, Hurts’ development would have been tremendous.

Instead, he went to the Eagles and had to endure doubt and confusion in his rookie season.

Hurts’ accomplishments at Alabama and Oklahoma should have garnered him more respect.

He was second in the Heisman vote and would have won if not for the historic season Joe Burrow had at LSU.

How good was Hurts’ senior year for the Sooners?

He had more passing yards (3,851 yards), rushing yards (1,298 yards), and total TDs (53) than Justin Herbert, Jordan Love, and Jacob Eason.

Yet despite his performance, people weren’t sold on Hurts.

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