Eagles Training Camp Diaries: Jalen Hurts is leading by example in 2023

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FILE — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts celebrates a touchdown run by Kenneth Gainwell during the first half of the team’s NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. Jalen Hurts is set to sign one of the richest deals in NFL history, agreeing to a five-year, $255 million extension with the Philadelphia Eagles, including $179.3 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The Eagles announced on Monday, April 17, “QB1 is here to stay,” but terms were not yet announced, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

The Philadelphia Eagles hit the NovaCare Complex for another day of Training Camp on Tuesday. It was the first day in pads of the 2023 season so there were bound to be some fireworks, but not many would’ve expected the offense to be the ones setting them off.

Jalen Hurts sets the tone at Eagles Training Camp

It should really be addressed just how good Jalen Hurts has looked during Training Camp. He’s yet to throw an interception and completed 48/60 passes.

Sure, pads have only been on for a day and as we know, camp stats don’t matter, but for a young quarterback to come into a Training Camp months after a Super Bowl berth AND a juicy $255M extension and not even show a hint of complacency is beyond impressive. But then again, would we expect anything from Jalen Hurts?

His growth throughout the 2022 season was beyond impressive and there is no reason to doubt that the Train is going to stop anytime soon.

Another Eagles quarterback battle?

One quarterback who hasn’t looked so hot this Summer is Marcus Mariota. The former Falcons starter and Chip Kelly draft crush has been wobbly during Camp and tossed another pick today.

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ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) watches the game clock run out from the sidelines during the 2nd half of Sunday afternoon NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Chargers on November 6, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire)

It should also be noted that our writer, Mike Greger, spoke extremely highly of young Stanford product Tanner McKee, who looked excellent in Sunday’s workout. In theory, the tall gunslinger should be looking to unseat Ian Book as QB3, but if Mariota is unable to turn things around, he may feel some hot breath down his neck as preseason rolls around.

The rise of Christian Elliss

We’ve mentioned Christian Elliss multiple times this offseason and he has picked up where he left off in OTA’s. After dominating the voluntary workouts in May, Elliss has now been given some first-team looks at the Eagles’ linebacker spot.

Preseason will provide Elliss with a real opportunity to outshine Nicholas Morrow, who was acquired during the offseason and is currently the likely starter at the second linebacker spot alongside Nakobe Dean. It’s certainly looking like the Eagles are at least giving Elliss a chance to prove his worth, but winning a role over a player who recorded 83 tackles last year won’t be easy, especially one who did so under Sean Desai. It will be fun to watch both players battle it out over the remaining weeks of Camp.

As always, make sure to stay locked into Philly Sports Network for the latest from Eagles Training Camp.

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