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How Eagles’ Jalen Hurts has helped his teammates during offseason program


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How Eagles’ Jalen Hurts has helped his teammates during offseason program

Posted Jun 03, 6:30 AM
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Oct. 22, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is serving as a team leader in his second offseason.Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is learning this summer, just like everyone else at the NovaCare Complex. However, unlike the majority of his peers, Hurts has been put in a position to lead his teammates throughout the offseason program.
While Hurts, like the rest of the roster, is new to head coach Nick Sirianni’s playbook, the 22-year-old quarterback has taken charge and started directing his teammates in practice.
Running back Boston Scott has been impressed by Hurts’ willingness to coach his teammates at such a young age.
"He likes to teach,” Scott said Wednesday. "We’ll be running routes, and he’ll have his helmet on, and he’ll take off his helmet and then he’ll go run the route.”
During his second summer in Philadelphia, Hurts wants to develop chemistry with his playmakers.
He has worked out with running back Miles Sanders, tight end Dallas Goedert and wide receiver Jalen Reagor -- among others -- during the offseason. He’s also been a vocal leader since the team returned to the facility last month.
Hurts will use the time between reps to show his teammates what he sees in practice. He will also explain how he wants them to run a route and what needs to happen for a play to be successful.
"Not only is he a hard worker, and takes care of his stuff individually,” Scott said, "but he also wants to make the people around him better.”
Hurts flashed his potential during the final four games of last season. While the team went 1-3 during that stretch, Hurts displayed promising traits as a dual-threat quarterback, passing for 919 yards, running for 272 yards and collecting eight total touchdowns.
Goedert, who played with Hurts last season, believes the quarterback’s versatility will benefit his teammates. The tight end says the quarterback will make his job easier in both phases of the offense.
"Playing with Jalen is going to be a lot of fun,” Goedert said. "In the pass game, obviously, he can do it all. He can make plays, he can extend plays. He does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield, but when he needs to run, he can obviously take off, we all know that.”



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