PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jalen Hurts has never met Michael Jordan, but the Eagles franchise quarterback is now part of the Jordan family. Pain on Monday became.
“It’s an honor to be a part of that family and be able to represent that,” Hurts told CBS Sports NFL analysts Jonathan Jones and Bryant McFadden on Monday during their NFL Training Camp Tour. “I’ve been in touch with him and he’s a great person, a great mentor.”
Hurts is no stranger to representing the Jordan brand, having donned player-exclusive Air Jordan cleats last season.
The Jordan brand will now be part of the 25-year-old’s future status, an identity that encompasses awhich made him short and ranked as the .
On the field,Season 2022, which ended with a . It’s been steady progress since the of the 2020 NFL version.
Hurts said he’s a three-time quarterback, someone who can beat you with his arm, his legs, and his mind.
“It’s just a matter of being efficient in every area of my game,” he said on Monday.
It’s a new season with new faces, new goals and yet another offensive coordinator for Hurts to work with.
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Hurts has known Johnson since he was 4. Johnson played under Hurts’ father, Averion, at Baytown Lee High School in Texas.
But every coach has their own opinion and Hurts will have to learn the intricacies that separate Johnson from Steichen.
2022 was Hurts’ first since high school since playing on the same offense in consecutive seasons.
“That’s another change in itself,” Hurts said, and adding coordinators is “never an easy task.”
The Eagles offense will have to find a new identity in 2023, and that’s what its training camp and preseason are for.
Hurts didn’t play in the Birds’ preseason opener, and he may not fit until the regular season at all. He only played one pre-season game in 2022.
The quarterback said the Eagles are embracing the “daily process” in establishing their identities at camp.
So is the Philadelphia defense.
Theto replace .
The Eagles lost some pieces to a defense that recorded 70 sacks last season. Defensive tacklelinebacker and defensive back .
“We have a lot of great vets here, but… [we] got a lot younger,” said Eagles cornerbacksaid Monday. “We had to replace some great players. It’s hard but these guys are working. You just need to replace guys and get it right, man.”
Slay added “this year is a new year, man, a whole new team, a whole new identity.”
The Birds have 25 days before the games matter.
The next game is Thursday night in the preseason against the Cleveland Browns, who hosted the Birds for joint practices this week.
Every time Hurts takes the field, he returns rocking a pair of crisp Jordans.