Awry smile enveloped Jalen Hurts’ face when someone asked him about his interaction with the New England Patriots prior to the 2020 NFL draft. There had been reports of the Patriots trading into the second round that year to take Hurts.
Obviously it didn’t happen. The Philadelphia Eagles snatched up the Heisman Trophy runner-up with the 53rd overall pick and New England opted to start Cam Newton at quarterback. Hurts, never one to stir the pot, said he had “no great response” for why the Patriots passed on him. However, his facial expression seemed to indicate there was a funny story hiding somewhere.
“I really don’t know what to say to that question,” Hurts said Monday after Day 1 of joint practices between the Eagles and Patriots. “I usually have a great response to questions, but I don’t know what to say to that one.”
A jovial Hurts was seen talking to Bill Belichick after 11-on-11 drills. The Eagles quarterback wouldn’t share exactly what was said during their conversation, but something along the lines of “you should have picked me” was implied. Remember, Belichick wears two hats as head coach and general manager for New England.
“I hadn’t talked to him before,” Hurts said, that wry smile back on his face. “I gotta ask him, I gotta ask him what was up, that’s all.”
Newton was another guy that Hurts was seen talking to on the practice field at the NovaCare Complex on Monday. The 2015 NFL MVP is trying to hold off a late charge from Mac Jones – Hurts’ college teammate at Alabama in 2018 – for the Patriots’ starting job.