EAGLES JALEN HURTS IS COCKY, HUMBLE — TOUGH ENOUGH FOR PHILLY!

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By Peter Brennan

Okay, let’s wrap up the period between the Eagles last game in January and their next game on Sept. 12, when they kick off the 2021 season in Atlanta.

Quarterback Carson Wentz was traded to Indy on March 16, and the buzz about the Birds trading for Deshaun Watson began.

Then they signed former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and traded for Gardner Minshew last week.

All the while Jalen Hurts stayed silent.

He took all the reps with the starters in training camp and rookie coach Nick Sirianni finally confirmed the obvious on Tuesday after the team reached the 53-player roster limit.

“Jalen is our starter. He’s done a great job,” Sirianni said. “We wanted him to take advantage of the opportunity and take the reins with the advantage of the opportunity that he got, and we feel like the preseason that he had, he did that.

“I consistently saw a player that got better every single day. I consistently saw a player make the read, getting better with his reads and his accuracy and his ability to run and when not to run. He did exactly what we wanted him to do.”

Hurts, a second-round draft pick in 2020, started the final four games on a last-place team, going 1-3 with flashes of brilliance and plenty of inconsistency. He quickly proved himself to teammates, even if the front office keeps its options open.

“I really like his mentality. All the intangibles, this kid has them in spades,” three-time All-Pro center Jason Kelce said of Hurts. “He’s got a great quiet, calm confidence to him. He’s cocky. You can tell in his head he’s the best player on that field, but he doesn’t make all the … receivers, all the other players, feel like that’s the case. He still appreciates all those other guys.

“He’s still humble enough. But also confident enough at the same time. And that’s hard to find in a player. But that’s the way most of the (best) players I’ve been around are. So I’m excited to see what he can do this year.”

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