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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounds at Eagles QB Jalen hurts

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The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Jalen Hurts have looked sharp for the start of the season, drawing the attention of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Jones carefully watched the Eagles’ 24-7 throttling of the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football and offered some thoughts on developing hurts, while acknowledging the threat posed by the Cowboys’ NFC East rival.

“Seen every snapshot [Monday]’ Jones said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. ‘So there we have it. He’s a guy who’s always been able to walk, very athletic, very strong. That’s not surprising. It doesn’t surprise me or scare me that we’re playing a Philadelphia team with a quarterback threat.

Hurts added his name to the MVP talk in the first two games. He has 576 passing yards and 147 rushing yards in the Eagles’ first two games. That rushing number is just 21 yards short of the Cowboys as a team.

“Hurts has really evolved,” Jones said. “Better than when he came out (of the NFL draft) than we might have thought. I was particularly impressed by the pass.”

The Cowboys have a few more weeks before they face the Eagles, with the first matchup scheduled for Oct. 16. The hope is that Dak Prescott will be back under center for Dallas by then, although a clear timeline for his return from thumb surgery is still unclear.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys have guns to slow down hurts and his dynamic scrambling skills, with the most obvious linebacker being Micah Parsons. The Defensive Player of the Year nominee has the athleticism to keep up with hurts and will be uncomfortable with him in the bag. He’s racked up a pair of sacks in every Cowboys game so far this season.

After Prescott was sidelined, Parsons has rallied the defense to reinforce.

“I don’t care what the offense says,” Parsons said after beating Cincinnati last week. “You can have zero, but we have to do our part. I think we’re doing a damn good job.

“We’ve held two of the most elite attacks on a touchdown in the last two games and we’re making sure they deserve every bit of it. So you are relentless. That’s what we preached. Every guy in this room bought in.”

Prescott went down with a thumb injury at the end of the Week 1 Cowboys disaster against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were fears he could end up at IR and miss part of the season, but the team have been more optimistic about when their QB could return over the past week.

“I don’t know that anyone knows [when he’ll be back]’ Jones said. “But if he [gets enough strength in his hand], then you’ll likely see real progress in his timeline. I don’t know when that is. I know that after a good airing last week everyone realizes that sooner or later they will be back as far as the schedule goes.

The Cowboys are still getting their offense on track and Prescott should return with a more complete wide receiver corps. Michael Gallup will likely be back in the lineup to complement No. 1 pass catcher CeeDee Lamb and fill in a gap that was very visible in Week 1. Prescott rushed for just 134 yards in the opener — his lowest total since 2017.

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