The Philadelphia Eagles returned to training on Sunday, two days after their pre-season opener. They lost the game, but not the war. The Eagles escaped unhurt despite a controversial hit to Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles’ four defenders made it survive on the other side, between a finger pointing rant from his head coach. Nick Sirianni wasn’t pleased with Quincy Williams’ intention to hit Hurts. It looks so dirty. Unnecessary. Hurts is ready to turn the page.
“It happens. Hit me late,” Hurts told reporters. “They called a flag. We moved on.”
That was not the answer reporters were looking for. They were constantly pressing and when someone asked him what he had seen on the play. Hurts replied: “He hit me late. I don’t stumble on that.”
Meanwhile, Sirianni (sort of) apologized for his quick judgmental response on the sidelines.
“I just stick with Jalen [Hurts],” Sirianni said. “I will never apologize for sticking with my players. I should have handled it a little better than I did. “
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Hurts is a perfect 6/6 in 80 yards and a touchdown. He looks “monstrous” led the first team’s attack on the Eagles’ first drive, then sat on the bench. His night is over. His supporters fight very high.
“I think he played a good game of football, let’s drive first and we’ll look to build on that,” Sirianni said.
There are some questions about whether he pocketed too early in the play where he was decorated. Maybe Hurts could have hung there longer, disposing of it on inspection or something. Not an option. According to Sirianni, no one opened the play.
“Yes, and he escaped in the first game,” said Sirianni, “and that was a bit more conspicuous because we were defeated in that game and he had to escape and he played great. The one where he was hit, yes, nobody opened in that play. “
Overall, it was an outstanding performance that everyone was begging to see. Sirianni liked the way Hurts read excuses and make quick decisions. And the right decisions.
“I think he’s great,” Sirianni said. “He did plays in his pocket when he needed to do plays in his pocket and when he needed to get out, he escaped.”
Reid Sinnett gets first crack at QB3
Reid Sinnett got his first crack at winning the third string quarterback job. He finished 9 of 17 for 81 yards and a touchdown. It was a night of ups and downs, marked by a single goal in 18 games. He has some good momentsbut the competition to be QB3 is definitely for the camp.
“Actually, Reid looks fine. He really had some good rep in practice,” Sirianni said. “I think at first he was worried, I was. I believe he did. I think as the game went on he stabilized himself and recovered and had a nice finish to the game. “
Hurts handled the first series, then Sirianni handed the keys to Gardner Minshew (8/12 for 81 yards). He played the rest of the first and second quarters. Sinnett had the entire second half, with no trace for Carson Strong. Nevada’s unimproved recruits didn’t meet many representatives at the camp. That is about to change.
“We have two more games and some joint exercises for him to get some more rep,” Sirianni said, “but that’s just the way the reps eliminated that match.”
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