The Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to take Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the NFL draft was not a problem, starter Carson Wentz claimed on Monday.
Wentz has been the starter every season since he was drafted in the first round in 2016, but has been unable to finish each of the last three seasons because of injuries.
Hurts enters the mix despite Wentz having signed a massive contract extension last June.
“I’m excited to add him to the team,” Wentz said in a conference call with reporters. "I know how important the quarterback position is and how important that dynamic is for me and for the other guys in that room. You know, I’ve been blessed over the years to have some incredible — not just quarterbacks — but incredible humans and friends in that quarterback room that we really endure a lot together.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about Jalen and the kid he is and the player that he is and gotten a chance to talk to him just briefly. So excited to add him to the fold and create a really good healthy, competitive, challenging environment for all of us.”
Furthermore, Wentz doesn’t really agree with the suggestion by right tackle Lane Johnson that drafting Hurts will raise his game because he’s already motivated to be as good as he can be.
"I think for some people this type of stuff can really extra-motivate them. For me, it doesn’t matter who’s in the room with me. I’m the most motivated person in that room. I strongly believe that just because that’s how I’m wired.
"I understand the sentiment and I love Lane to death. I’m not going to say he’s wrong. But , for me, you know I’m as motivated as ever, you know, every time I step on that field, especially ending the way we did last year, getting to that point and then coming up short.
Wentz also talked about how difficult it will be to lead the team in the offseason without actually being able to get together with his teammates, especially the new ones, like he usually does.
“We’ve added these new pieces,” he said. "I’m always excited to get to work with even the guys that we’ve had ... but adding new pieces always gets me more excited to get everyone on the field and see what we can do. And so I’m chomping at the bit to get to work with a lot of these these guys, both new and guys that I’ve been working with, but unfortunately we’re limited.
“So ... there is a challenge in developing chemistry, developing timing, developing all of that. But you know we’re not the only team that’s dealing with it. The entire league is is trying to find ways to be creative and developing chemistry and developing team unity and everything, so we’re doing the best we can.
For now, we’re really just taking it one day at a time, and this is unprecedented, so there’s really no right or wrong way to go about it. But you know we’re trying to be creative as we go here and hopefully we can find ways to link up and get some work in here and there."