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Doug Pederson sees bright future for Eagles' Jalen Hurts: 'He's going to defy all odds'

9/29/2022 4:02:13 PM
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There are a lot of people surprised by how well Jalen Hurts has been playing this season but Doug Pederson isn’t one of them, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

“He’s going to defy all odds,” Pederson said on a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday morning as he prepares for his return to Philly. “That’s just the way his career has been built. He’s overcome adversity everywhere he’s been, at Alabama and Oklahoma. 

“Just not surprised. Not surprised that he’s playing this well and he’s playing and really utilizing the guys around him to help him get these wins that they’re piling up.”

Pederson on Sunday will lead his Jaguars (2-1) into the Linc to face Hurts and the Eagles (3-0) in what should be a pretty exciting game. You can argue that two of the biggest storylines in the NFL this year are the resurgent Jags and the MVP-candidate Hurts.

Hurts, 24, spent just one year under Pederson in 2020. He was a second-round pick who began his rookie season as a backup behind Carson Wentz. 

“It just doesn’t surprise me that this is how well he’s playing,” Pederson said. “He’s prepared himself for this.”

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