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How Washington’s preparing for Philly and Jalen Hurts

How Washington is preparing for Philadelphia and Jalen Hurts originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When looking ahead to Washington’s upcoming matchup with Philadelphia and Jalen Hurts this Sunday, Daron Payne couldn’t help but look back first.

Payne, along with his fellow interior lineman Jonathan Allen, overlapped with Hurts at the University of Alabama. While Hurts’ sizzling start to the 2022 NFL season — including his recent, masterful Monday night effort against Minnesota — might be surprising to some if not most who follow the league, Payne himself isn’t all that taken aback by it.

“We had to practice against him,” Payne said Wednesday. “We had to get yelled at by Coach Saban for containing him all the time, so I knew he was capable of doing all these things. Now he’s on the team that we’re playing against, so it’s another challenge.”

Through the Eagles’ first two outings, Hurts is completing 69.8% of his throws and averaging 288 yards per start. Unfortunately for his opponents, that production as a passer hasn’t impacted his rushing numbers; he’s already compiled 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 28 runs.

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As he and the Commanders go about their preparations for Hurts and his 2-0 squad’s visit to FedEx Field, Ron Rivera is accentuating one word in particular.

“With him, it’s all about discipline,” Rivera told reporters. “That’s one of the big emphasis [points] this week, just discipline. Discipline in your assignment, discipline in how we want you to do your assignment.”

The worry among those who support Washington is that the club’s NFC East rival is specifically built to exploit its defense’s greatest weakness.

Coordinator Jack Del Rio is currently overseeing a unit that’s giving up 7.5 yards per carry, which is the worst mark in the sport so far.

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What’s worse is that the Commanders’ first two foes, the Jaguars and the Lions, were able to gash them…


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