Jalen Hurts says that he’s not above competition at the quarterback position


The Eagles are again within the constructing for a modified model of OTAs and we had an opportunity to listen to from quarterback Jalen Hurts, heart Jason Kelce, and defensive finish Brandon Graham on Wednesday as they get acclimated to their new coaches and teammates.

Hurts was probably the most relaxed I’ve seen him in entrance of reporters on Wednesday — and I’ve coated every of his press conferences for the reason that Eagles drafted him. He was full of huge smiles and even cracked jokes with a few of the media. One thing that Graham spoke about was how the QB was capable of have extra enjoyable now that he’s the man for the workforce, and it undoubtedly confirmed.

Right here’s a few of what the fellows needed to say:

Jalen Hurts

The quarterback recalled the core values they’d at Alabama and the way that translated to success on the sector, and he’s trusting that very same course of with Nick Sirianni. The brand new Eagles’ head coach has been preaching connection, accountability, competitors, fundamentals, and soccer IQ — and Hurts admits that he is aware of that these values they’re attempting to instill in Philly, nobody is above it and all people has to go to work.

When later requested about his standing because the presumed starter, Hurts acknowledged that he isn’t above competitors and all of the values that Sirianni has dropped at the workforce.

So far as the variations from final offseason, Hurts mentioned that it was good to be within the constructing and to have the ability to get acclimated to the brand new coaches and new system. Hurts mentioned that Joe Flacco has been nice and the data he brings has been very helpful to the second-year QB.

Hurts talked a bit about he grew up watching his new QB coach Brian Johnson, again when he performed in East Houston and Hurts’ dad was a coach. Johnson has at all times been somebody that’s been in Hurts’ life, and now they’re each excited for the chance to work collectively.

When requested in regards to the Eagles drafting two of his former teammates, Hurts couldn’t assist however smile.

“I take into consideration DeVonta [Smith], and I at all times inform folks the very first thing about him, one, the competitor he’s, type of a stoic man — type of like myself in a couple of methods —, however he’s self-driven and to carry somebody in like that, I believe it helps.”

Hurts recalled again when he hosted Smith for his go to at Alabama, and as a substitute of attempting to get into one thing, or go to a celebration, he was extra keen on getting in work. The QB didn’t get to play with Landon Dickerson, however he’s heard good issues from his former teammates who did line up with Dickerson.

Jason Kelce

The middle talked about how his job as a veteran participant is to purchase in to the brand new system and proceed to guide by instance — that doesn’t imply, nonetheless, that he gained’t be asking questions or voicing his opinion.

Kelce additionally talked a bit bit about Jordan Mailata who had a very good alternative on the finish of final season to indicate how far he’s come at his place. He additionally named Nate Herbig and Matt Pryor as guys who did an amazing job to step in as wanted final season.

“I do know the offensive line wasn’t fairly pretty much as good in plenty of the metrics and whatnot, however fairly frankly, we missed one of the best proper guard within the NFL with Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo went down early, Lane Johnson was out of the lineup rather a lot. So, once you actually take a look at it from that perspective, and what number of guys actually performed soccer at this degree for the primary time of their careers, I used to be actually very pleased, truthfully, with rather a lot — not simply their manufacturing, however the best way they went about their enterprise.”

The veteran additionally had an opportunity to have lunch with second-round decide Landon Dickerson and mentioned that the rookie appears to be as marketed: loves soccer, has an amazing persona, massive, bodily, robust, sensible, and has all of the instruments. Kelce mentioned that he’s excited to work with Dickerson and to see what he brings to the OL room.

He confirmed that the vitality Nick Sirianni has is certainly not an act, and is one thing that’s on show. The primary-time head coach is worked up about his alternative to construct a employees in Philly, and Kelce famous that it’s apparent Sirianni places plenty of emphasis on creating relationships amongst gamers and coaches, reasonably than simply worrying about on-the-field stuff.

Sirianni has additionally been emphasizing fundamentals and approach, each to the media and his workforce, and Kelce believes that the workforce opting out of some offseason actions really lends itself higher to getting these fundamentals and methods in place. Kelce acknowledged that there’s loads of time between now and coaching camp to get in good work, and this yr they’ve preseason video games as properly, by way of evaluating gamers and growth.

Brandon Graham

The DE was requested about Jalen Hurts, and he acknowledged that even going again to final season, the quarterback was at all times working and doing the precise issues. However, additionally admitted that the bar has been raised now that Hurts is “the man” — one thing that Graham attributes to the QB having extra enjoyable, and having a bit extra pep in his step, after getting the arrogance of the workforce behind you at QB1.

Graham wouldn’t go into specifics in regards to the defensive scheme Jonathan Gannon is bringing to Philly, however famous that he’s going to make the most of the skills they’ve on the roster and blend a bit of what he did with the Colts and what they already had put in. Gannon is a man with plenty of vitality, which Graham mentioned he loves as a result of he’s a excessive vitality man, too. He additionally thinks that the teaching employees is arising with good plans for them to be able to go full-speed at coaching camp.

BG was requested in regards to the signing of Ryan Kerrigan, and Graham mentioned he is aware of from expertise that you could by no means have too many cross rushers — particularly ones who’re comped to Chris Lengthy.

“Kerrigan is a beast. He’s been with, what’s the title, for 10-plus years, and to see him on the opposite aspect now with us, I’m excited as a result of I do know what he brings to the desk.”

When requested in regards to the familiarity of the Nick Sirianni regime, Graham likened it to the identical type of schedule and construction beneath Andy Reid, however a extra fashionable and hip strategy. He pointed to much more competitors and excessive vitality across the constructing, but in addition famous that Sirianni labored beneath Frank Reich who additionally has a few of these Coach Reid tendencies.

Graham couldn’t have been extra complimentary of the younger guys becoming a member of their room, saying that they give the impression of being game-ready, are already in form, and are ensuring he stays on the highest of his sport. He admits that he’s on the tail-end of his profession so he’s at a spot the place he needs to carry up the younger guys, since they’re the way forward for the place. However up to now, he’s actually pleased with what he’s seeing, and is worked up for the group of fellows they’ve.


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