Ranking Potential First-Time MVP Candidates for the 2024 NFL Season

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 15: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles gives a speech in the team huddle prior to an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on January 15, 2src24 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

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Don’t sell all of your Jalen Hurts stock following his year of regression in 2023.

Last season, Brian Johnson replaced former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, who became the Indianapolis Colts head coach.

The Eagles’ play-calling transition had an adverse impact on Hurts’ production, but he still earned a Pro Bowl nod as a major part of the offense, accounting for 38 touchdowns passing and rushing combined.

This offseason, Philadelphia hired offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. His resume provides hope for anyone who believes Hurts can perform at an MVP level similar to his 2022 campaign when he finished second in votes.

As an offensive coordinator, Moore has fielded a top-nine passing attack in yards or touchdowns in four of five seasons.

Even though Moore’s Los Angeles Chargers offense struggled for stretches and lost quarterback Justin Herbert for four games last year, the club still finished 13th in passing yards with the third-most pass attempts.

Under Moore, Hurts could have a high volume of pass attempts with game plans geared toward getting the ball to wideouts A.J Brown and DeVonta Smith, who both signed extensions this offseason, and tight end Dallas Goedert.

Even with the addition of running back Saquon Barkley, expect the Eagles to lean on Hurts to show his worth after they signed him to a five-year, $255 million extension last offseason.

Based on Moore’s play-calling results, he should be able to optimize Hurts’ skill set in an offense loaded with playmakers.


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