PHILADELPHIA – Quarterback Jalen HurtsAfter an offseason filled with speculation about his position, the Eagles' starting quarterback remains. He spoke confidently to reporters Wednesday.
“It's understood. “It's mine opportunity, it is my team,” he stated when asked about public support for Howie Rosenman and Nick Sirianni in recent week's. “It is my team, so it's ready to go.”
The Eagles had three first-round picks in April's draft. They appeared to be as well-positioned as any other team to pursue a veteran quarterback. Russell WilsonOr Deshaun WatsonTrade, and they did their research on both QBs, before they arrived in Denver or Cleveland. The Eagles' commitment to Hurts is still uncertain. They traded one of their first-rounders for the New Orleans SaintsThey were awarded a 2023 first-round selection. This deal is expected to produce a high-quality quarterback class.
Hurts stated, “That's stuff you all talk about.” Everyone is happy over here,” even though Hurts was a teammate Brandon GrahamHurts was able to hear the noise.
Graham said, “Ofcourse it gets to him…but that doesn't mean he can't handle it if that's the case because he hasn’t shown me that his concern about anything other than trying to prove you wrong.”
Receiver addition A.J. Brownshould assist in this effort. The Eagles acquiredBrown, from the Tennessee TitansOn Thursday, he will be drafted in the first and third rounds. Brown said Hurts put “a bug in” [the Eagles']To trade for him, he will need his “ear”. Brown and Hurts have been close friends for many years and are now teammates.
“He has been an excellent player ever since I met him in college. Hurts mentioned that Hurts has always been able to play with the ball in his hands, use his body and box out defenders. He can also break tackles. “He's a great addition in the excellent receiver room we have now, which I'm excited about,” Hurts stated.
Hurts, 23 years old, led the Eagles to the playoffs last year in his first season as a regular starter. He completed 61.3 per cent of his throws for 3,144 yard with 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions, while rushing for 784 and 10 TDs.
He spent part the offseason in Southern California and took a holistic approach to training that included everything from nutrition to commanding the offense.
“I think it's an exciting time to become an Eagle,” he stated. “Looking back on the achievements and successes we have made last year, I see a lot of things to look forward too. I have been telling my guys that the foundation is set and the standard is set. The only thing left is to climb.
“The message was, simply put, that the only direction is up.”