Patriots defensive end #9 Matthew Judon tries to run down Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in the 1st quarter.

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2022 NFL MVP futures lean Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts

Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in touchdown passes, passer rating and is fourth in rushing, the type of stuff MVP seasons are built upon.

Betting on himself in contract negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens, Jackson has plenty of others betting on him, too.

Jackson closed the gap in MVP futures betting to +700 (FanDuel), behind only Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs (+600, FanDuel) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+300).

There’s another QB in the picture: Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is also +700 (FanDuel) for the undefeated Eagles.

Jackson pushed the Ravens past the New England Patriots in a 37-26 shootout on the heels of a 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. Credit Jackson for keeping the Ravens rolling while the defense hasn’t been up to typical standards.

He had a double-triple — more than 100 yards rushing and passing — for the 14th game in his career.

In three games, Jackson has 10 TD passes and a rating of 119.0. After rushing for 119 yards and a score against Miami, he added 107 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Patriots. Jackson, who won the 2019 MVP award, is averaging 9.3 yards per carry this season.

DraftKings bumped Hurts (+600) ahead of Jackson (+700), who is even with Mahomes. Allen is the DK favorite for MVP at +300. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is No. 5 on their list at +1400.

Hurts and Jackson are tied at +700 at Caesars Sportsbook behind Mahomes +550 and Allen +300. Tagovailoa is +1400 at Caesars followed by Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (+1600) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+1800).

Week 1 darling Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings has settled at +6000 at Caesars and +7500 at FanDuel, the same odds available for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and Colts quarterback Matt Ryan.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams (56) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets LB Quincy Williams fined $10K for late hit

New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams was fined $10,609 for a late hit out of bounds on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, NFL Network reported Saturday.

The incident occurred in a preseason game on Aug. 12 when Hurts already had stepped out of bounds, taking the full force of Williams’ blow to the left shoulder. Williams also appeared to make contact with Hurts’ facemask.

Williams drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness on the play and also drew the ire of his own coach, Robert Saleh.

“I talked to Quincy after the game,” Saleh said. “Egregiously awful from Quincy, and he knows that. He knows better. It’s one thing to make a mistake in a game, it’s another thing to make a mistake that leads to points, touchdowns.”

The play happened on the Eagles’ opening drive and Philadelphia went on to score a touchdown.

“I should’ve (slowed) down. It was dumb on me,” Williams said, according to ESPN. “… It was like of like one of those learning moments. Just let up. I wasn’t paying attention to where the sideline was.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to pass the ball in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts undergoing ankle surgery

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is having surgery on his ankle Wednesday, NFL Network and Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia reported.

The procedure is considered minor and Hurts is expected to be recovered in time for the start of OTAs this spring, per the reports.

Hurts, 23, suffered the injury in the Eagles’ Week 12 loss to the New York Giants on Nov. 28. He missed the following week’s game, with Gardner Minshew getting the start in his place.

Hurts completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns against nine interceptions in 15 starts, his first full season as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. He also led the team in rushing (784 yards) to go with 10 rushing touchdowns. Hurts also sat out Week 18 against Dallas to rest ahead of the Eagles’ wild-card game, a 31-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Eagles are fully behind Hurts as their starter in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to pass the ball in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles GM says QB Jalen Hurts earned ’22 starting job

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman says Jalen Hurts did enough to remain Philadelphia’s starting quarterback entering 2022.

“We talk about Jalen and the growth he had, really, a first-year starter, second-year player, leading this team to the playoffs, tremendously impressed by his work ethic, his leadership,” Roseman said at his season-ending press conference Wednesday. “Last time we talked was during camp, and we said we wanted to see him take the bull by the horns, and he certainly did that.”

In his first full season as the starter, Hurts and first-year head coach Nick Sirianni helped the Eagles overcome a 2-5 start to reach the playoffs. Philadelphia’s season ended Sunday with a 31-15 wild-card loss at Tampa Bay.

Hurts, 23, passed for 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns with nine interceptions and rushed for a team-high 784 yards and 10 TDs in 15 starts.

Roseman said his priority this offseason is building a better team around Hurts, a second-round draft pick in 2020. The Eagles have three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

“I think for us, we’ve got to do whatever we can to continue to help him develop,” Roseman said. “And how do we do that? By surrounding him with really good players, players who continue to grow. … That’s on us to continue to build this team.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Fans fall from the stands after a railing gives way as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) leaves the field after the Eagles' game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts pens letter requesting steps be taken following railing collapse

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was quick to assist fans who fell to the ground following a railing collapse after the Eagles’ 20-16 win over Washington Football Team Sunday at FedEx Field at Landover, Md.

Now he wants to know what happens next.

As Hurts left the field Sunday, several fans reached toward him for high fives and congratulations when the railing next to the players tunnel collapsed, causing several individuals to fall to the ground.

In the immediate aftermath, Hurts helped fans to their feet, checked on everyone’s welfare and even posed for a couple of selfies before exiting the field.

The scene seemed jovial enough, but it was a near-miss that anyone, including Hurts himself, wasn’t seriously injured, and on Tuesday, Hurts penned a letter to the NFL and Washington to call for additional steps to be taken to prevent another incident in the future.

“Through the initial shock, my first reaction was to assist those involved. However, while I displayed a calm composure, I understand the severity of what happened and am extremely concerned for the well-being of the fans and media.

“As a result, I would like to know what safeguards the NFL and Washington Football Team are implementing to prevent this from ever occurring in the future.”

Hurts and the Eagles (9-7) finish their regular season when they host the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) Saturday evening. Washington (6-10) finishes on the road against the New York Giants (4-12).

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts questionable to face Jets

Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts is questionable for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets due to an ankle injury.

“It’s an unknown right now,” coach Nick Sirianni told reporters Friday.

Hurts sustained the injury in the second half of last Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants when his ankle was stepped on.

He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he said Wednesday that he believed he’d be ready to play.

“You guys obviously know I’m dealing with a little something, but it’s business as usual,” he told reporters.

His backup, Gardner Minshew II, was expected to take first-team reps this week to help prepare him in case Hurts can’t play.

The 23-year-old Hurts, in his second season, has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,435 yards in 12 starts this season. He has 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions – three of them coming in the 13-7 road loss to the Giants.

He’s also run for 695 yards with eight touchdowns.

The Eagles are 5-7.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) before a game against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles name Jalen Hurts starter despite Gardner Minshew trade

Jalen Hurts officially was named the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback Tuesday, three days after the team acquired Gardner Minshew from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Nobody else got any reps with the ones (first-stringers) and Jalen’s known, ‘Hey, nobody else has gotten any reps with the ones but me,’” first-year Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “Jalen’s our starter. … I consistently saw a player that got better every single day.”

The Eagles traded a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft to the Jaguars to acquire Minshew, who played in 23 games (20 starts) in his first two NFL seasons but had no future in Jacksonville after Trevor Lawrence came to town.

Three quarterbacks — Hurts, Minshew and Joe Flacco — made the Eagles’ initial 53-man roster after Tuesday’s cutdown deadline.

As a rookie in 2020, Hurts took over for a slumping Carson Wentz late in the season and made four starts, going 1-3. He appeared in 15 games, often playing in special, run-focused packages, and finished the year with 1,061 passing yards, six touchdown passes, four interceptions and three rushing scores.

Tuesday was the first time Sirianni committed to Hurts as his opening-day starter.

“Jalen will be our starter, and he’s earned that right with a great preseason and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him and in that room in general,” Sirianni said.

Hurts did not participate in the Eagles’ final two preseason games. He came down with a stomach infection the day of the Aug. 19 game against the New England Patriots and was sent to the hospital as a precaution. He also did not play in wet conditions in the Eagles’ preseason finale against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday.

The Eagles open the regular season Sept. 12 at the Atlanta Falcons.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts returns to Eagles practice following illness

In the era of COVID-19 and its potential for season-changing impact due to forfeitures, certain eyebrows were raised when the Philadelphia Eagles scratched quarterback Jalen Hurts for a vague illness prior to their preseason game against the New England Patriots late last week.

But concerns over the Eagles losing their starting quarterback for any length of time were put to rest Sunday after Hurts was cleared to return to practice and participated fully.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said that Hurts also participated in a walk through Saturday that was closed to media.

Sirianni chalked up Hurts’ absence to abdominal pain and recovery, saying the second-year player was “just resting his body, as you would with any illness, and getting himself back.”

Hurts, 23, played in 15 games as a rookie, starting four. He completed 77 of 148 passes for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions, adding 354 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

–Field Level Media