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PHILADELPHIA – Quarterback Jalen Hurts remains the Eagles’ starting quarterback after an offseason full of speculation about his position, and sounded confident in his position while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s understood. It’s my option, it’s my team,” he said when asked about the public backing of general manager Howie Roseman and coach Nick Sirianni in recent weeks. “It’s my team, so we’re ready to go.”
With three first-round picks going into the April draft, the Eagles seemed as well positioned as any team to go after a veteran quarterback like Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson via trade, doing their homework on both QBs before they landed in Denver and Cleveland, respectively. It’s still a question of whether the Eagles are committed to the Hurts in the long run. They traded one of their first-rounders to the New Orleans Saints in a deal that gave them a first-round pick in 2023 that is expected to boast a quality quarterback class.
Hurts said “those are things that you all talk about. Everything is fine over here,” although teammate Brandon Graham indicated that Hurts has heard the noise.
“Of course it’s probably coming to him … but I feel he’s mature enough to handle it if that’s what happens because he has not shown me that he is worried about too much other than “Just trying to prove it. You’re completely wrong,” Graham said.
The addition of the recipient AJ Brown should help in this effort. The Eagles bought Brown from the Tennessee Titans for a pick in the first and third rounds on Thursday. Brown said Hurts put a “bug in” [the Eagles’] ear “to try to swap for him. Hurts and Brown are close friends and now teammates for the first time.
“He’s always been an excellent player since I knew him in college. Always had the ability to play with the ball in hand, use his body, exclude defenders, break tackles,” Hurts said. “He’s a great addition to the great receiving space we have now and I’m excited.”
Hurts, 23, led the Eagles to the playoffs in his first year as a full-time starter last season. He completed 61.3 percent of his throws in 3,144 yards with 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions while rushing 784 yards and 10 TDs.
He spent part of offseason training in Southern California and took what he described as a holistic approach that touched on everything from taking command of the offense to nutrition.
“I think it’s an exciting time to be an eagle,” he said. “When we come out of the things we were able to achieve and overcome last year, I think there is a lot to look forward to. One thing I have told the boys is that the foundation has been set, the standard. is set and only direction is to climb.
“The message has simply been that the only direction is to rise.”