Eagles' Jalen Hurts 'OK' with having to earn starting QB job

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Eagles' Jalen Hurts 'OK' with having to earn starting QB job

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has said that he is not above competition and that he is aware that he has to earn the starting quarterback spot. Hurts, who was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft, started last season on the bench behind Carson Wentz.

As Wentz was struggling mightily last season, former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson benched him for Hurts. Hurts showed glimpses of his talent in his few starts but new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni declined to name him the starting quarterback after getting the job.

The Eagles traded Wentz this offseason but signed veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. “No one is above that,” Hurts said, per Pro Football Talk. “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 cares about wins

Last season, Hurts said he wasn't interested in records -- he was interested in helping his team win.

"I could care less to hear any of the young stuff, second-start stuff, rookie stuff. We have a standard we want to play to," Hurts said after his first start. "I personally have a standard I want to play to, and we've just got to find a way to get it don Meanwhile, Eagles center Jason Kelce thinks the team can still be competitive despite being in a transition period.

“I think the biggest difference between football and a lot of other sports is that being in a transition period doesn’t mean that you can’t compete and be competitive. . . . The bottom line is, we can be competitive, win games,” Kelce said.

“We can win this division, I have no doubt about that. If we go about it the right way, if we improve, if we continue to get better as a team. We can also be in a transition period”. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Najee Harris has revealed that the team is also planning to use him at the wide receiver position.

“They’re going to, I guess, line me up out wide and stuff like that how I did in college — utilize the running back in the passing game out wide, in the slot, all the way out to the ‘X’ position,” Harris said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.