Jason Kelce raves about Jalen Hurts: 'Between the ears he's got it'

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Jason Kelce has had an array of quarterbacks he’s worked with as the Philadelphia Eagles’ center for the last 11 seasons. Still, he finds himself impressed with the mental makeup of Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles fairly clearly have signaled a trust in Hurts, who they gave the keys to last year in his second NFL season after parting with Carson Wentz. There were some low points, but also some head-turning moments that inspired optimism about his future as a starter in the NFL.

Asked on the “Green Light with Chris Long” podcast what has impressed him most about Hurts, Kelce had plenty to offer.

“Honestly, I’ve been impressed with him since he got to Philadelphia,” Kelce said. “His eagerness to learn, eagerness to get better – between the ears he’s got it. He’s a great teammate, works hard, he’s got that. I feel like the best players I’ve been around are confident but don’t think they’re too good that they can’t get better – in his head, he thinks he’s the best player on the field and he exudes that, but at the same time he knows there’s things he can do to get better. And I think that’s a hard avenue for a lot of players to go down, because most players that think they need to get better don’t think they’re good at anything, and those that think they’re the best ever aren’t ready to keep improving. He’s got a good blend of both of that, I love the kid’s mentality.

“I was impressed with the way he handled the Carson Wentz situation his rookie year,” Kelce added. “For a young guy to really keep his head down and keep the focus on controlling what he can control and just playing the game and not listening to any of that other stuff showed me he’s got everything from a mentality standpoint.”

The Eagles’ quarterback room currently consists of Hurts, Gardner Minshew and Reid Sinnett. With all the quarterback movement this offseason, the fact that Philly didn’t make any quarterback moves – even an upgrade at backup – is indication enough that the organization sees Hurts similarly to how Kelce does.

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