The first thing that impressed Dallas Goedert when he first started working out with Jalen Hurts in the offseason was his insane work ethic and mindset. The minute Super Bowl LVII ended, the starting quarterback set his sights on 2023.
Jalen Hurts has a ‘super computer’?!
This isn’t a news flash by any means. Jalen Hurts has talked about moving on and building a new identity for this year’s squad many times. But it was the second thing Goedert mentioned regarding Hurts that had people intrigued. What was it? Well, it had something to do with the size of his computer.
“He doesn’t take a day off, I know he brought his whole computer system, film setup to watch film in the offseason in California,” Goedert told reporters, “so he just cares so much about this game, and as a quarterback that’s what you want.”
When asked to elaborate on the intricacies of Hurts’ film-watching equipment, Goedert laughed and replied: “It seemed like it was more than the iPad that I watch film on. I’m sure that after they paid him they hooked him up something real good to make sure he stayed on his Ps and Qs.”
Dallas Goedert on Jalen Hurts’ Mindset: “He’s got one of the most incredible mindsets, work ethics … you know, right after the Super Bowl, he flushed that. He was ready to get to this season. We were able to throw with him a little bit in California. We’ve been throwing a lot here before the season. He strives for greatness. He wants to be a great player in this league for a long time, and he wants to win, and it’s an everyday thing for him.”
A.J. Brown Working on Kickoff Returns?
Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown was fielding kickoffs during the special teams period of Tuesday’s practice. It seemed odd to put a player so valuable back there and expose him to potential injury, at least in a real game setting.
It doesn’t seem like anyone needs to panic. Brown was just warming up and keeping his hands in shape but if an emergency situation came up, he would gladly jump in.
“I don’t know, y’all have to see, y’all have to wait and find out,” Brown said of fielding kicks in a game. “No, I’m joking. I do that just to get warmed up, just catch the ball and one day I may be the safety blanket, you know, I can catch the ball and I don’t mind going back there.”
A.J. Brown on the Super Bowl Loss: “You got to move on. You got to get up off the mat. It takes courage to get off the mat and get back to work. And to start over, and that’s where we are and that’s what we’re doing.”
A.J. Brown on Jalen Hurts Being No. 3 on NFL Top 100: “As a friend, I’m extremely proud of him and what he has accomplished this past season, but as a teammate you know, I think nobody cares. And he doesn’t care either. And that’s okay because we know what we want to achieve. We’re not in it for individual goals, only team goals. So we’re excited for him, all the recognition and everything he gets, but just like him we’re trying to stay focused on the task at hand.”
A.J. Brown on the Joint Practices with Cleveland: “I’m tired of seeing [Darius] Slay and James [Bradberry] and Josh Jobe because they’ve seen it all. They’ve seen the splits. They’ve seen the routes. And you want to judge yourself on how well you do against others. It’ll be a really good time. It’ll be a really good chance to see where we’re at … just seeing a different jersey and not just competing against ourselves.”
A.J. Brown on the Signing of Zach Cunningham: “He was always a force in Houston and when he came over to the Titans we kind of created a little bond but I’m glad he’s here. He’s going to be a huge impact for us. Like I said, I’m glad [he’s here]. It’s a great pickup.”
(Editor’s note: Brown and Cunningham were teammates on the Tennessee Titans in 2021. Prior to that, Cunningham played five seasons for the Houston Texans where he battled Brown in the AFC South).
The Eagles kick off the preseason on August 12 against the Ravens in Baltimore. While we shouldn’t expect to see much from Jalen Hurts & the rest of the starters, there are still plenty of roster battles to be decided.
After that, the Cleveland Browns will travel to South Philly for two joint practices ahead of their preseason game on August 17 at Lincoln Financial Field. Things got a bit heated last year when those two teams scrimmaged.
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