A few minutes after the horn sounded Wednesday on the Eagles’ first day of training camp, Jalen Hurts rounded up a handful of wide receivers for a post-practice chat.
The group consisted of DeVonta Smith, Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, each of whom earlier had taken significant snaps with the first-team offense that was led by Hurts. The second-year quarterback said he tries to set up conversations like this with each position group frequently to go over the reps they had during practice.
“I like to talk to the different position groups,” Hurts said. “We really just talk about what we saw that day in practice. Talk about the different things we can build on. Talk about the good. Talk about the bad, and just build.”
Hurts entered training camp as the presumptive starter for the Eagles, although coach Nick Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman have yet to crown him the starter in the name of the constant competition Sirianni has called one of his “core values.” Several players have noted Hurts’ ascension into a leadership role despite his lack of experience in the league, and both Sirianni and Roseman said during a Wednesday news conference that they’re hoping to see Hurts ingratiate himself as QB1.