October 8, 2023   3 MIN READ


ITB Postgame Live: Jalen Hurts Returns to Elite Running Form


The Philadelphia Eagles took over SoFi Stadium and took down the Los Angeles Rams to remain undefeated.

On the Week 5 edition of “Inside The Birds Postgame Live,” former Eagles tight end Clay Harbor gave takeaways from the 23-14 victory.

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts showcased elite running and passing in the Eagles’ 23-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

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Clay Harbor: “People don’t understand how hard it is on third-and-short and fourth-and-short in the NFL. They found the cheat code. For whatever reason, whether it is Jalen Hurts with the 600-pound squat, Jason Kelce, the way they design it, the way they practice it, they found the cheat code and that matters. If you can do that over and over again, that is very demoralizing for a defender.”

Jalen Hurts

Adam Caplan: “He was dynamic carrying the football. His power, their inability to tackle him, his yards after contact, he looked like a running back today. This was the best he looked all season running the football.”

Geoff Mosher: “Hurts had 28 carries through the first four games. That is about seven carries a game. Today alone, 15 carries for 72 yards. It was very clear that there is some sort of initiative to not try to put Hurts in as much harm’s way as last year…the Hurts running game did help the offense, but he also took some shots today. They are going to have to go with this week-after-week, was it worth it or not?”

Caplan: “You have to let him play freely. Be smart, give yourself up. As soon as you get the first down, know where you are, if you have an open rush lane and if you see defenders come, go down. Before, he looked tentative and he would give himself up, but today he was scintillating.”

Dallas Goedert

Harbor: “He is a tight end that does everything. Goedert had a couple of those sift blocks when you come across the line of scrimmage and kick out those defenders. Travis Kelce isn’t going to do that. The fact that Goedert is still mixing it up, blocking guys, hats off to him.”

Bradley Roby

Mosher: “The Eagles were up 20-14 in the third quarter, third possession for the Rams, third-and-long. They had a bunch formation to the right. Roby comes up, communicates something to Darius Slay, they played the switch off perfectly. I thought that was so critical and the guy who was there at the heart of it all was Bradley Roby.” 

Harbor: “That was very impressive the way they were able to communicate, [nickel cornerback] is a tough position, especially with those switch releases and motions.”

Haason Reddick

Harbor: “He is definitely playing much better with that cast removed from his hand. He is a different guy and you saw that today. In the first few weeks, I was watching the All-22, he just didn’t look the same. The hand matters, you can’t do your pass rush moves, you are a little bit tentative, you don’t have your full bag of moves, your confidence goes down. His confidence is back, his motor is back, Haason Reddick is back.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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