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Jalen Hurts: There’s a lot of value in everything that’s happened this year

Jan
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1/18/2022 4:23:24 PM
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The Eagles were demolished by a veteran Bucs team in their Wilcard game that was clearly more talented and better prepared, leaving players and fans conflicted over how to assess the 2021 season.

The team's leader, Jalen Hurts, clearly has a lot of support and sway in the Eagles locker room, Evan Macy of Philly Voice reports. And while his future may be murkier than he and his teammates may be willing to admit, the franchise's all-time rookie leader in receiving yards had nothing but love and positivity for Hurts as he prepared to turn the page to next season.

"[A] first-year starter leads us to the playoffs," DeVonta Smith said. "Everything is not going to be what you want it to be. You will have bumps here and there, but when adversity strikes, he responds. I think he's going to be that guy."

Hurts reflected that when he spoke later on Monday.

"I think I've done a lot of great things this year, a lot of things to learn from personally," the QB, who set an Eagles record for rushing scores by a quarterback, said, "I think the most important thing for me, as you ask that question, is the relationships I built with my teammates, the time we put in... the relationships with my coaches, I think there's a lot of value in everything that's happening this year."

History and a longterm lens will ultimately have the last say as to whether the 9-8, one-and-done season that just concluded was a successful one. If this is the start of an ascension toward an eventual Super Bowl-caliber team, it will certainly be looked at more fondly. 

And Hurts sounds pretty determined to make that scenario play out.

"Theres' a certain type of desire and fire in their eyes, of disappointment but also of motivation," Hurts said of Howie Roseman, Nick Sirianni and Lurie. "The desire to put the work in and do the things you need to do to be a better team next year. We're all on the same page, we'll be back that the mentality. We kind of got our feet wet and it's a situation where we're going to learn from it."

"For me, I pride myself from learning from my mistakes, I pride myself from finding anything and everything that can be teachable in a moment and growing from it. I think on this team, being who I am, it has to be contagious... 

"My second year as a starter it started today that's where my head is, attacking and learning from everything."

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