Jalen Hurts, former Alabama QB, shrugs off late hit in preseason action
Former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is making waves across the league and he’s off to a great start as the 2022 preseason opens. But it was far from perfect, to no fault of Hurts at all.
The quarterback took an ugly hit from New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams on a third-down scrambling effort that was not well-received by anyone — especially Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, who was clearly seething on the sideline.
An unnecessary roughness penalty was called and Hurts had a phenomenal showing despite not playing much, as is typical in the preseason. He completed each of his passes on the touchdown drive, going 6-for-6 for 80 yards before the Eagles handed the reins over to backup quarterback Gardner Minshew.
“I talked to Quincy after the game. Egregiously awful from Quincy, and he knows that, he knows better. It’s one thing to make a mistake in a game, it’s another thing to make a mistake that leads to points, touchdowns,” Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters after the game. “It’s a good drive, we’re off the field. Jalen’s a phenomenal quarterback, and to stop them, hold them to a field goal after giving up an explosive [play] is a pretty good showing for the first drive… those are plays he has got to get out of his game for him to be the player we think he can be.”
This is obviously something that never should have happened and a risk teams take any time they allow their starter on the field in the preseason, but it’s easy to see the team is in good hands at signal-caller moving forward with a player who knows how to bounce back.
Here is the late hit on Jalen Hurts that caused Nick Sirianni to lose his mind. You don’t need to be a professional lip reader to decode this one. Coach was HOT!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/yShuzfSEIv
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 13, 2022
Jalen Hurts on the late hit by the Jets:
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 13, 2022