Alabama Football: 3 keys for Jalen Hurts to succeed in starting debut

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Alabama football will have two former QBs starting this Sunday.

For the past few weeks, Alabama football fans have been begging for Jalen Hurts to get more reps with the Philadelphia Eagles. We have gone so far as to say that he deserves better than his current situation. However, the Eagles finally gave him a shot against Green Bay Packers last week.

Hurts was dealt a bad hand, but he managed to score his first NFL touchdown and almost led a comeback. He has now been named as the team’s starting quarterback, but he will have a challenging game ahead of him. The Eagles will travel to play against the New Orleans Saints, arguably the best team in the NFC.

Philly does not have to win this game for Jalen Hurts to succeed. However, these are the keys for him to prove that the coaching staff made the right decision.

3. Jalen must avoid turnovers

Jalen Hurts doesn’t have to be the best quarterback in this game. He just has to prove that he is a better option than Carson Wentz. To do that, he must succeed where Wentz fails. Wentz’s biggest issue is holding onto the football for too long and inevitably fumbling.

Hurts is a natural runner, so he should be able to avoid fumbles. However, rookies naturally turn the ball over more than veterans. Hurts needs to be efficient with the football and avoid major mistakes.

This means that he needs to hold onto the football when he runs, but he also has to make smart decisions as a passer. The Saints have a strong secondary, and they will be aggressive in this game. Without a ton of offensive weapons, Hurts will have to be even smarter with his decisions.