Jalen Hurts on Carson Wentz trade: Ain’t too much of my business

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly is putting out word he wants Jalen Hurts as the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.

The Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts, a deal that becomes official next week, to set the stage for Hurts to take over as the starting quarterback.

Whether he has competition or not, Hurts plans to win the job.

“It was an opportunity for me,” Hurts said Monday on The Adam Schefter Podcast, via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It shows what they think I can be as a player, so I want to prove them right.”

The Eagles traded their former franchise quarterback — the No. 2 overall choice in 2016 — for a third-round draft selection this year and a conditional second-round choice in 2022. The team has not declared Hurts the starter for 2021 and have not ruled out selecting a quarterback with the sixth overall choice.

But the trade of Wentz made Hurts the favorite to be under center Week 1.

“My focus since I got (to Philadelphia) has been on controlling what I can control and trying to become the best player I can be,” Hurts said. “(The trade of Wentz) ain’t too much of my business. I don’t get into that.”

Hurts said he has not talked to Wentz since the report of the trade two weeks ago. It sounds as if the two didn’t have much of a relationship, which is not surprising given Wentz’s struggles since the Eagles used the second-round choice on Hurts last year.

“I send him my blessing,” Hurts said. “I wish him nothing but the best, and I hope he takes off there. I hope he has a great remainder of his career.”

Hurts is working out in Fort Worth with Patrick Mahomes‘ performance coach, Bobby Stroupe, as well as his private Atlanta-based quarterback coach, Quincy Avery.

Hurts, 22, started four games late last season, going 1-3 with 1,061 passing yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He added 354 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

38 responses to “Jalen Hurts on Carson Wentz trade: Ain’t too much of my business

  1. Watson could learn something from this guy. Be happy for what you have and play the game. AKA shut up and play.

  2. Springfield says: “Watson could learn something from this guy. Be happy for what you have and play the game. AKA shut up and play.”

    Watson has already been paid. NFL players don’t exercise free speech until they hit paydirt.

  3. Wentz is a good guy…I hope he prospers in Indy. Hurts appears to be a good guy too…I hope he does well in Philadelphia.

  4. I feel bad for Hurts who seems like a good guy. But it is a complete dumpster fire in Philly. The NFC East Champion Washington Football Team throttled them twice and now the Eagles are in cap hell while Washington has the fourth best cap space in the league. Two franchise headed in different directions. Wentz was lucky to get out alive.

  5. Hurts knows what it feels like to get replaced. It happened to him at Alabama and he handled it better than most. All you can ask for is an opportunity, and it’s up to you to take advantage of it. I’m happy the Eagles are giving Hurts an opportunity and I hope they don’t pull the plug too early.

  6. This kid had 9 total touchdowns in his first 4 starts, not too shabby. He has much to learn but I think he has the talent to succeed.

  7. At this point in the proceedings it’s very clear Hurts won over the respect of his teammates. The same cannot be said for Mr. Wentz.

  8. Hurts reminds me a lot of Troy Smith, who replaced benched former number one overall Alex Smith in San Francisco. Lots of leadership ability, some running ability, but not a lot of arm talent and it didn’t take too long to realize he wasn’t a starter in the NFL. Maybe Hurts and his extremely poor passing stats will prove me wrong, good luck to him in Philly.

  9. While his inaccurate passing concerns me greatly, he seems to be mature beyond his years. I don’t think he will be an above average QB in the NFL but I hope Jalen Hurts proves me wrong.

  10. Hurts has the intangibles you popy in your starting quarterback,unfortunately he lacks the arm strength, accuracy, pocket. L8

  11. If Hurts came out in this year’s draft he would be a top 10 pick. This guy came in cold last year , and beat a very good Saints team in his first start. His record in college is impressive as are his physical and leadership skills. Mayfield, Murray, and Hurts all came from Oklahoma and that is an NFL caliber QB program. Hurts will do well. Wait & see.

  12. Love Jalen Hurts – he has that winning attitude and I think he’ll find a way to succeed. Didn’t let the benching at Alabama define him and they says a lot!

  13. He’s gonna be special. He’ll give the country another reason to hate on Philly. Let’s go kid!

  14. He tends to run if his first read isn’t open , he runs to his right to stretch out a play , this cuts the field in half , which has been studied by the opposition. After 4 games last year the defenses figured him out .

  15. Nice Kid. Couldn’t beat out Tua @ Ala. He’ll be an afterthought in the next 2-3 years.

  16. Wentz will be a SuperBowl MVP in the near future while Hurts will be competing for 3rd string backup jobs along with rg3.

  17. If you could put Jalen Hurts’ poise and demeanor inside Carson Wentz, Wentz would still be an Eagle today. My hats off to Hurts with regard to the professionalism he’s exhibited since he arrived in Philly. Time will tell whether or not he brings the team success. I wish him well.

  18. When the Eagles draft a QB with their #1 pick it will get interesting.
    Hurtz isn’t the answer.

  19. I’m sure he’s going to say all the right things now. Russell Wilson, DeShaun Watson and Carson Wentz were deemed team first guys at one point too

  20. If the Eagles do not draft a QB this year they will next year or the year after. Seriously who else do they have for the future. So you can read into that what you want, but they will be drafting a QB soon. Who knows they might find a steal in the later rounds.

  21. Unless he improves dramatically, he’s a bridge QB until they find the next guy.

  22. I hate to say it, but it probably doesn’t mean much. They decided they didn’t want Wentz’s contract, they know they can’t get one of the top 2 QBs in the draft, and they can’t afford to sign a top veteran.

    Their best bet is probably to build up their roster and wait for the QB carousel to come around again. That may give Hurts this season to convince them he’s the guy.

  23. aint too much of his business? So he admits its at least a little of his business?

  24. steelpalace5000 says:
    March 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    Ain’t to much of my business. College education at its best .

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    Meanwhile, your grammar is clearly impeccable

  25. jurgyisgod says:
    March 8, 2021 at 4:26 pm
    I feel bad for Hurts who seems like a good guy. But it is a complete dumpster fire in Philly. The NFC East Champion Washington Football Team throttled them twice and now the Eagles are in cap hell while Washington has the fourth best cap space in the league. Two franchise headed in different directions. Wentz was lucky to get out alive.
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    Congrats on the 7-9 division title, but I’m not sure you’re working with the same definition of “throttled” as the rest of the English-speaking world.

  26. Ya Gotta love the Eagles fans on this site that are trashing Wentz…..now that he’s gone. 3 years ago he was “one of the top five young QB’s in the NFL”…or so said your newspapers in Philly!

  27. steelpalace5000 says:
    March 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    Ain’t to much of my business. College education at its best

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    Too*

  28. I like Jalen. But that team has absolutely no weapons on offense. Until they build that up he has pretty much no chance.

  29. kid seems to have everything it takes ti be a starting qb….except arm talent. unfortunately thats the most important thing. i was happy they drafted him but i thought he would be a wr or rb and a emergency backup qb but not the starter. wentz had arm talent and nothing else. i hope when…not if…this blows up they get someone with both. Im a eagle fan so ill cheer for whoevers under center. imho lurie must be blind though cuz teams were already figuring hurts out before the end of last season. i truly wish him luck but with some tape and a entire offseason to study him i think itll get ugly and hopefully they get a good backup like maybe alex smith.

  30. I don’t think most had Foles as a SB MVP…Hurts will be only as good as the talent Howie puts around him.

  31. @coltsfan20 says:
    March 9, 2021 at 1:15 am
    Ya Gotta love the Eagles fans on this site that are trashing Wentz…..now that he’s gone. 3 years ago he was “one of the top five young QB’s in the NFL”…or so said your newspapers in Philly!

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    That’s because he was one of the top five young QBs until he wrecked his knee, then his back, then the concussion and then his mental meltdown last year.

  32. A very Bill Belichick answer. Wise beyond his years.

    Has good traits in leadership, bouncing back from the adversity of being benched and losing his job to being the best QB in college the following year. How he handled the nonsense that was last season in Philly, maintained dignity, kept his head down and just kept trying to get better.

    If he keeps getting better, the way he has his whole college and nfl career up until now, then he can absolutely become what the Eagles need at QB

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