Nick Sirianni: 'Jalen Carter was outstanding' in Week 1


Nick Sirianni talked about Jalen Carter's impressive NFL debut on Sunday, where the Eagles' No. 9 overall pick was the highest graded rookie in the league by Pro Football Focus.

"Off the field I think he's a great teammate that loves football and that's what you want," Sirianni told Joe Giglio and Eliot Shorr-Parks on Wednesday's 94WIP Midday Show. "That's what you want out of all of your guys...That shows itself every day. And obviously the play on the field was outstanding. He had an outstanding game, but that's one game and this is a long, long season. He's just got to keep showing up every day, keep putting in the work that he's putting in.

"Other thing you know off the field is he works extremely hard at his craft at being a football player. Whether that is in the weight room, whether that is in the meeting room, whether that's on the walk through field. And so, really excited about him, not just because of the game he played but all the reps accumulated throughout training camp and the way he is with his teammates and who he is."

Sirianni was also asked about the role Fletcher Cox has played in helping mentor Carter, who had a sack and a tackle for a loss on Sunday.

"The connection of this team is real and it is a team," Sirianni said. "The best group of individuals doesn't win games, the best teams win games. And that's why Fletch has been voted captain by his teammates because he's excellent at that...We have unbelievable leaders on this football team. It makes my job, setting the culture as the head coach very easy when you have the leaders that we have on this football team."

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