Jalen Hurts has his doubters.

Rightfully so, he’s been far from perfect in his short Philadelphia Eagles career.

Yet, in a make-or-break year, Hurts’ preseason got off to a perfect start — sending a message to the league that he may be here to stay.

In Philadelphia’s 24-21 loss to the New York Jets, Hurts went 6-for-6 for 80 yards, a touchdown and a 158.3 perfect passer rating.

He also scored on a touchdown run that didn’t count due to a holding penalty.

What stood out more than anything was Hurts’ improved accuracy on his throws. On his only score, linking up with Dallas Goedert, the ball hit Goedert directly in the chest. Hurts looked confident in each throw, and he appeared to be reading the field well — progressing between each read with relative ease.

Let’s take another look at that touchdown pass:

It may be merely a preseason game, but Hurts appears to be in mid-season form. He took what the defense gave him, never forcing throws and never looking rattled. He even played well following a late hit that caused an early commotion.

Despite the hit, Hurts was unphased — the same way he’s been with the countless doubters.

It’s one game, but the fact that Hurts played the way he did should instill some more confidence around what he is capable of doing this season when he brings his A-game.

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