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Lovie Smith Speaks On Jalen Hurts' Improvement As A Passer

Lovie Smith, Houston Texans

There are several reasons why Philadelphia Eagles are the last undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0.

But the biggest has to be the play of third-year quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Hurts showed flashes of his ability last season, his first as a starter, especially as a runner. But his ability to play quarterback effectively in the NFL has long been in doubt because of perceived shortcomings as a passer.

However, Hurts has proven those doubters wrong in a big way this season. Just ask Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith.

The longtime defensive coordinator and head coach spoke glowingly about Hurts' throwing ability to Ed Werder of ESPN ahead of the Texans' Thursday night matchup with the Eagles, calling him "special."

“The improvement he’s made a thrower. You know, he’s always been smart and athletic and he still brings all that to the table. You look at some of the passes he threw last week to AJ Brown and that’s pretty special.” -- Lovie Smith on Jalen Hurts

Smith was particularly complimentary of Hurts' performance last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he threw four touchdown passes, three of them going to wide receiver AJ Brown.

On the season, Hurts has completed 67 percent of his passes. He's thrown for 1,799 yards and 10 touchdowns versus two interceptions in seven games. 

Add in his 303 yards and six scores as a runner, and Hurts belongs on the short list of contenders for NFL MVP.

Hurts will look to keep the strong season rolling on Thursday Night Football.