The two former Alabama prospects looked to have turned a page in their development. Both progressing in their 3rd year in the NFL very nicely. Not to mention, both have two fairly new young head coaches who are very creative in their play calling.
For Hurts, the comments on whether or not he can be an effective quarterback in the NFL after losing his starting job in college to Tua when both were at Alabama. Some might add that Hurts greatest decision was when he decided to leave Alabama for Oklahoma for his Senior year.
The Lincoln Riley offense has produce quite a few NFL starting quarterbacks like Kyler Murry, Baker Mayfield, and now Jalen Hurts.
In 2022, Hurts has thrown for 916 yards and 4 passing touchdowns to go with 167 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. One thing we are noticing about Hurts is that he gets the job done.
More importantly, the Eagles have invested into Hurts’ success by adding quality weapons arounds him. All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Brown was a much needed addition to the Eagles. Brown is the perfect complement to 2021 1st round drafted pick DeVonta Smith.
As for Tua, the former 1st round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is growing in confidence each week. The 3-0 start could be because the personnel behind him is much better than years previously.
The Dolphins went out and signed wide receiver Tyreek Hill to go with Jaylen Weddle as two dangerous deep threats. If we take a step back into Tua’s college career, he was surrounded with four 1st round receivers.
Each had the ability to take the top off a defense or take a short pass to the house as well. Hence, the primary reason the new Dolphins offense is as open as it is.
So far, Tua has thrown for 925 yards and 8 touchdowns. Against the Patriots Tua threw 6 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions.
Ultimately, the reason for both progressing as well as they are is due to offensive scheme and added talent around them.
In an era where quarterbacks are more skilled than their predecessors, there is still a learning curve that new quarterbacks must figure out.
Hurts and Tua are prime examples of what happens when franchises give a quarterback time to develop.