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The Eagles CB Darius Slay spoke to reporters on Friday, how 49ers second-year QB is underappreciated

Dec 3, 2023 #Brock Purdy, #Darius Slay

Eagles star believes 49ers QB Purdy deserves big payday, MVP votes originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Since taking over as the 49ers quarterback in Week 14 of the 2022 NFL season, Brock Purdy has been one of the league’s premier signal-callers.

However, “Mr. Irrelevant” doesn’t receive the same respect as other top quarterbacks, nor is he routinely in MVP conversations.

But ahead of San Francisco’s huge Week 13 matinee against Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, five-time Pro Bowler and Eagles cornerback Darius Slay spoke to reporters on Friday, detailing how San Francisco’s second-year quarterback is underappreciated.

“Oh, man. He was great,” Slay told reporters Friday.

“I’m continuing what I did last year and playing at a high level,” he said. Smart, makes good decisions. He manages the team the way he should.

Therefore, it is better for people to trust him. They trust him there. [The 49ers] are doing amazing things.”

Slay has great respect for Purdy, who has a 13-3 regular season record as a starter with the 49ers since last season.


The sophomore quarterback has proven that he has the best of his name, recording an impressive 32 touchdowns and 4,245 passing yards in just 20 career games.

Considering Purdy’s underrated status, Slay believes the Iowa State product deserves a big contract and consideration from NFL MVP voters.

“I think the [49ers] QB situation will be good for a few years,” Slay explained to reporters Friday.

“Especially because he is young, we can build around him before paying him a big salary.

Because he will make money. He plays at a very high level.

“I think if he had gone top five in the draft, he would have been right there in the MVP voting like Jalen Hurts.

I don’t think [voters] want to give up the last MVP pick of the draft other than Tom Brady.

[Purdy] deserves to be in the MVP conversation because he’s doing a great job and [San Francisco] is winning.”

In 11 games this season, Purdy, 23, has recorded 2,871 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 261 passing yards per game.

Purdy led San Francisco to an 8-3 record and ranked third in scoring offense with 28.2 points per game.

49ers-Eagles is expected to be one of the most exciting games of the season and could potentially be a preview of another NFC title game.

But as Sunday’s opponent, Slay let the crowd know his respect for Purdy and his legacy with the 49ers.

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