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Eagles’ Jalen Hurts is ready to lead his team next season

Paul Rudder
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Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts is ready to lead his team in the new NFL season
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With the Eagles having made some interesting moves during this off season, their quarter back is most definitely looking forward to the coming season.

Eagles’ Jalen Hurts is excited about his opportunity

For those who were in doubt, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is still very much the team’s starting quarterback. With recent speculation reaching fever pitch, the QB was quite confident when speaking with the media on Wednesday. “It’s understood. It’s my opportunity, it’s my team,” he said when asked about the public backing from general manager Howie Roseman and coach Nick Sirianni in recent weeks. “It’s my team, so we’re ready to go.”

The Eagles who entered the 2022 NFL Draft with three first-round picks in hand were widely expected to trade for a veteran quarterback, but in the end chose not to do so. With that said, Hurts’ long term future with the franchise remains up in the air. Adding further context to that notion is the fact that the Eagles did in fact trade one of their first-rounders to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a first-round pick in 2023 - a Draft class that is expected to be full of quality quarterbacks.

How does Jalen Hurts feel about the rumors?

Though Hurts has said “that’s stuff that you all talk about. Everything is good over here,” on can imagine that the noise has an effect. Indeed, according to teammate Brandon Graham it most certainly does. “Of course, it probably gets to him. But I feel like he’s mature enough to be able to handle that if that’s what’s happening because he hasn’t shown me that he’s worried about too much of anything other than just trying to prove you all wrong,” Graham said.

With regards to proving, Hurts can of course be encouraged by the recent acquisition of receiver A.J. Brown. The Eagles acquired Brown from the Tennessee Titans for a first- and third-round pick on Thursday. Brown said Hurts put a “bug in [the Eagles’] ear” to push the franchise to sign him. With a close friendship already well documented, Hurts and Brown now have the opportunity to play together for the first time. “He’s always been an excellent player since I’ve known him in college,” Hurts said. “Always had the ability to make plays with the ball in his hand, use his body, box out defenders, break tackles. He’s a great addition to a great receiver room we have now, and I’m excited.”

Jalen Hurts by the numbers

In first season as a full time starter, the 23 year old Hurts led the Eagles to the last season with 61.3% of his throws completed for 3,144 yards to the tune of 16 touchdowns. There were nine interceptions, but then there was also his rushing for 784 yards to go with a resulting 10 TDs. One could say Hurts is a quarterback coming into his own and having now spent a portion of the off season taking what he described as a ‘holistic approach,’ which involved things ranging from taking offensive control to nutrition, the young QB is ready to go.

“I think this is an exciting time to be an Eagle,” he said. “Coming off the things we were able to accomplish and overcome last year, I think there is a lot to look forward to. One thing I’ve been telling the guys is the foundation has been set, the standard has been set, and the only direction is to climb. The message has been, simply, the only direction is to rise.”

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