Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts says the Eagles are his team now and he is determined to be the best possible leader and hopefully help the team win a Super Bowl. Hurts, who was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft, was named the Eagles' starter after Carson Wentz was traded following the end of the 2020 season.
In his first season as the starting quarterback, Hurts completed 61.3 percent of his passes, threw for 3144 yards, had 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Eagles finished with a 9-8 record but just narrowly missed out on the playoffs.
This offseason, the Eagles decided against going after a big name quarterback even though Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson were available. Instead, the Eagles focused on improving the roster around Hurts. "It's understood.
It's my opportunity, it's my team," Hurts said, per ESPN. "It's my team, so we're ready to go."
Hurts has doubters
Some weren't impressed by Hurts and his 2021 performances. However, the Eagles are willing to give at least one more season to Hurts to prove himself and show that he is the team's long-term answer at the quarterback position.
"Of course, it probably gets to him. But I feel like he's mature enough to be able to handle that if that's what's happening because he hasn't shown me that he's worried about too much of anything other than just trying to prove you all wrong," Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said.
The Eagles made a big this offseason when they signed Hurts' friend A.J. Brown. Hurts is happy to have a new target and he says it's an exciting time to be a part of the Eagles organization. "I think this is an exciting time to be an Eagle," Hurts said.
"Coming off the things we were able to accomplish and overcome last year, I think there is a lot to look forward to. One thing I've been telling the guys is the foundation has been set, the standard has been set, and the only direction is to climb.
"The message has been, simply, the only direction is to rise." There is going to be big expectation on Hurts going into the next season. The Eagles want to give Hurts the best possible chance to succeed and that's why they made a trade for Brown.
Hurts noted he has known Brown since the college and admitted he is excited to be playing with Brown in the NFL. It remains to be seen if Hurts can lead the Eagles to the postseason next season.