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Former WR references Jalen Hurts with Dak Prescott comparison

Former WR references Jalen Hurts with Dak Prescott comparison

Former NFL wide receiver James Jones has joined the Jalen Hurts-Dak Prescott debate. Due to Hurts and Prescott being quarterbacks from rival leagues in the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, many fans and experts are comparing the two, and Jones definitely in it Prescott camp.

“Are we talking about the player or are we talking about team success?” James Jones said, via Speak on FS1. “There’s nothing Jalen Hurts does better than Dak Prescott, except run the read option. He doesn’t throw better than him. He doesn’t anticipate better than him. I mean, this guy threw for 5,000 yards last year. He led the NFL in touchdown passes. There’s nothing Jalen Hurts does better than Dak Prescott, except run the read option and maybe run the butt push. And I like Jalen Hurts. And Jalen Hurts is going to be a really good quarterback in this league. But Dak Prescott does everything better than Jalen Hurts at that quarterback position in the National Football League right now. Is that a team goal or are we talking about a quarterback? Because I put the winning on the team. You need defenses and all of those things to win.”

Dak Prescott was in the MVP conversation late last year, but games against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins hurt his case late in the regular season, but he had a very strong regular season for the Cowboys. Of course, Dallas was eliminated in the wild card round with a very disappointing performance against the Green Bay Packers, and Prescott’s turnovers, along with the poor performance of the defense, played a role in that loss.

Hurts has reached great heights, especially in 2022, when he was in the MVP conversation before his injury. He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl that year. The Eagles have faded late in 2023 and Hurts has struggled, but many believe that’s because the offense isn’t ready to handle blitzes. Not having blitz hitters on offense is a tough thing to deal with, no matter how good you are as a quarterback.

Sure, Hurts went to a Super Bowl and Prescott is more known for his playoff failures, but it’s interesting that Jones mentions team success, because he could argue that the Cowboys are the more successful team in 2023. Dallas won the division largely thanks to Prescott’s strong play.

Jalen Hurts and Dak Prescott’s 2024 Expectations

For Hurts and the Eagles, they will be making a new play-caller transition in Kellen Moore, who was Prescott’s play-caller with the Cowboys. The hope is that Moore will provide more solutions for Hurts with an offense that is even more loaded with weapons after the signing of Saquon Barkley. However, the loss of Jason Kelce will be huge in terms of guards, and Moore is known for putting a lot of the work into his quarterbacks when it comes to pre-play processing. Still, Hurts should have few excuses regarding the talent on the offensive end this season.

This is a crucial year for Prescott, as he will be a free agent in the upcoming offseason. It would be surprising if the Cowboys let him go, but it seems possible right now, as they have not extended his contract and are moving forward with a large cap hit for the 2024 season. Because of this, the Cowboys have not added much in free agency and have even lost a few pieces, along with not extending Micah Parsons or CeeDee Lamb. The team has a strong core and should have enough to be successful this season, but on paper the Cowboys are not that strong and many do not believe they will be competitive with real contenders in the NFC. Depending on how this year goes, it will be interesting to see how Prescott’s contract situation plays out and whether he ends up signing a big deal with the Cowboys or another team.

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