Jalen Hurts: I’m Not Above Competition, Rent’s Due Every Day
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has been hesitant to name Jalen Hurts the team's starting quarterback this season. The Eagles signed former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a one-year, $3.5 million contract on March 25th.
Hurts met with the media in a Wednesday press conference to discuss the Eagles open quarterback competition this offseason.
No one is above that,” Hurts said. “Everybody’s got to go to work. Rent is due every day. It’s always been that way for me. Always been a get better mentality every day. Grow every day, be a better leader every day, be a better quarterback every day. When that rent’s due, I don’t plan on missing payments.”
Hurts made his first career start in Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints last season. He accounted for 273 yards of total offense, scored one touchdown and led Philadelphia to a 24-21 victory. The next week, he threw for 338 yards, three touchdowns and ran for another 63 yards and scored one touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
In his rookie season, Hurts appeared in 15 games and made four starts. He threw for 1,051 yards, six touchdowns and rushed for 354 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Hurts also spoke about DeVonta Smith's work ethic while. "I think about DeVonta and I always tell people the first thing about him, one, the competitor he is." said Hurts. "Kind of a stoic guy, kind of like myself in a few ways. But he's self-driven and bringing someone in like that, it helps. I think it helps."
The Eagles traded up two spots to select the 2020 Heisman trophy winner with the tenth pick in last month's NFL draft. "I look at the late nights that we had in college where there was nothing else to do, we'd go out there and go throw," said Hurts. Or when I hosted him on a recruiting visit to come to Alabama, usually you want to go maybe go on the strip [in Tuscaloosa] or find something to get into or party or something like that. His head wasn't on that. He was trying to work when we were in the indoor. Late at night, getting work in. So I think that shows the mentality he has and I think he's bringing all that with him here."
Philadelphia has organized team activities scheduled for May 25-27, June 2-4, June 14-17 and mandatory minicamp on June 8-10.