After Jalen Hartz’s first season as an NFL starter ended in the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles committed to another campaign with their former Alabama standout as their quarterback.
As the Philadelphia 2022 season draws to a close, the Eagles are backed by two top players as center-right Jason Kells and right-handed offensive tackle Lane Johnson spoke to national outlets last week about the Hearts.
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“I think Jalen showed a lot of progress last season,” Kells told ESPN’s Diana Rusini. “I think he facilitated a crime that helped us win a lot of games later in the year. Making a playoff in the end, and that’s a big reason for that to happen. And I think we’ve just gotten better. Really, I mean, we’ve added pieces to the whole board that have to lend themselves to making crime better.
“And Jalen, I know who he is as a person and how hard he works. He’s working his tail and ready to show everyone what he has, so I’m very optimistic. I’ll fight that man any day of the week. And I think we’ve got a very good staff, and of course, we still have to come together, we still have to work, we still have to do all the little things we need to do. Being on paper is just a piece of it, right? And it’s probably the smallest piece. The most important part will be how it is handled in practice and how we deal with adversity. How can we come together as a team until that happens?
Kells has been the center of the Eagles for 11 seasons. He is a five-time pro bowler and a four-time All-Pro team first player.
Johnson is the right match for Philadelphia for nine seasons. He was a three-time pro bowler and once a first-team all-pro.
“He just carries himself very quietly,” Johnson said Hearts on the NFL network. “He demands respect, and the way he goes about his daily activities, how he trains, what he does in the movie room. And he’s a great motivator. He is a great leader. Super behind the scenes. Even in the summer, he keeps in touch with the kids, the receivers, the seven-by-seven, and does specific work just to prepare.
“I know he’s excited about the new kids we have, we drafted and bought in the offseason and were really ready to go to work. We report on the 25th, so there are still a few weeks left until takeoff, so everyone is just training and getting ready. ”
Hurtz replaced Carson Wentz as the Eagles’ quarterback in the final four games of the 2020 season, picking up a second-round draft pick from Oklahoma in 2020, where he was replaced after three seasons at Alabama.
After the Philadelphia Wentz deal with the Indianapolis Colts, Hertz completed 265-of-432 passes for 3,144 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and averaged 784 yards and 15 touchdowns in 15 regular-season NFL201 games. Even though he injured his ankle in the 12th game, Rushing makes a quarterback in the yards that caused him to stumble on a stretch.
In his first full season as a starter, Hartz became the fifth player in NFL history to score at least 3,144 passing yards and 784 rushing yards in the same season.
Philadelphia’s most notable offseason came in its offense in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 28, when the Eagles traded first- and third-round picks to the Tennessee Titans for wide receiver AJ Brown. In his first three NFL seasons, Brown caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns for Tennessee.
The Philadelphia will start the three-game preseason schedule against the New York Jets on August 12 and the regular-season slate on September 11 against the Detroit Lions.
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Mark Inabinet is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter here AAMarkG1.