DeSean Jackson and the Eagles made things official on Friday, with the legendary wide receiver retiring from the NFL, and speaking to the media about his storied career. During his press conference, Jackson was asked about his time in Philly with Jalen Hurts and what he saw from the QB. Turns out, DJax has always been a big fan of the young quarterback.
“I was lobbying for Jalen Hurts back when we had Carson Wentz starting at that time. When everybody was like, ‘Why would we pick Jalen Hurts in the second round?’”
Jackson remembered one day at practice when Hurts was the backup, going against the starting defense. He was sitting back with Howie Roseman and Alshon Jeffrey watching the QB make crazy plays and slinging the ball. Jackson said he tapped Roseman, and said he knew that Hurts was going to be something special.
Hurts also went down to Tampa to train with DeSean Jackson in 2020, with the WR noting people wondered why Wentz wasn’t the one training with him, but Hurts just made it convenient. Still, Jackson could tell at the time that Hurts’ mentality was different, the game was never too big.
“So, I definitely saw Jalen Hurts before what the world sees now.
I feel like he’s just starting, man. I think he’s going to be here for a long time. He’s going to have some special moments in Philadelphia.”
Jackson left his mark on the Eagles, and expects Hurts to do the same.