“It’s like a fresh start. I feel like a rookie again,” Saquon Barkley said following the Eagles’ OTA practice Wednesday. “Getting to know everybody in here, learning the culture, buying into the culture and feeling like it’s home.”

By Max Harper

Saquon Barkley and quarterback Jalen Hurts are bonding in the weight room.

“I’ve been golfing with a lot of guys, golfing with O-linemen,” Barkley told ESPN.

“But my golf buddies right now I would say are [quarterbacks] Will Grier and Kenny Pickett. Kenny is just picking it up. Shoutout to Kenny. He broke 100 for the first time and he just started like two, three months ago so that’s a big accomplishment. But those two … we’re kind of golf fiends right now.”

“He’s an incredible running back. I watched him over the years. I’m glad he’s on my team,” receiver A.J. Brown said. “What I saw [during offseason training], him pushing teammates in the weight room, that gets me excited because honestly … if I can get a guy like that who’s going to come to work every single day and working hard, that’s all that matters.”

Squatting is a talent shared by Barkley and Hurts: Both players are able to lift 600-plus pounds. Barkley had fun on the Kelce’s “New Heights” podcast not long after signing his three-year, $37.75 million free agency deal with Philly, saying he can move more weight than Hurts and “it’s not even close.”

While it wasn’t exactly a squat-off, Eagles social media posted a video of Barkley and Hurts going rep for rep as teammates looked on. It’s one of the ways QB1 and RB1 have sped up the bonding process.

“Even in the short time of us having OTAs, you hear about the type of person he is, the type of leader he is in the room, the energy he brings to a room and that’s something that I appreciate already — just us competing in sprints or competing on the squat rack and things like that where we’re challenging one another — those are the things that set the thermostat for what the team is supposed to follow,” Hurts said.


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