Eagles rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts has joined DeSean Jackson for workouts in Tampa Bay, Florida, according to Hurts’ Instagram account.
Hurts posted photos of the two with the caption, “Locked In.”
Jalen Hurts has joined DeSean Jackson for workouts in Tampa, FL where DJax works out in offseason
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Jackson has spent most of his time this offseason working out in Florida. Hurts was previously working out in Houston, Texas. It’s possible this is the first time the two have worked together.
While Hurts was a second-round pick, the rookie quarterback is expected to begin the 2020 season as the third-stringer behind Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld.
Earlier this offseason, Wentz got a group of receivers together in Houston and Fletcher Cox gathered most of the Eagles’ defensive line down on his ranch in Texas.
This workout in Florida comes nine days after the NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, issued a statement advising players to cease working out with teammates to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Since then, Tom Brady has very publicly continued to work out with teammates, which did not make NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith very happy.
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There’s a fine line here, I suppose. Players are trying to stay ready for the season and hopefully they’re taking as many precautions as possible during these workouts. But, at least at some level, they’re also holding these workouts against the medical advice from the medical director of their own players association.
Earlier this offseason, before the advice from Dr. Mayer, Doug Pederson praised Wentz and Cox for hosting workouts for their teammates.
“I think it’s important,” Pederson said on June 16. “I love the fact that our veteran players, guys like Fletch and Carson, Carson has done it in the past obviously but now in this time where we are trying to protect not only our players but our staff, as well. But at the same time, I think it’s important that they get together and they build team chemistry as a position group, whether it’s D-Line or receivers and get together like they are doing. I commend the guys for doing that and taking time.
“One of the things, it’s been small groups, so they have been protected and that’s our goal, first and foremost, but it doesn’t go without saying that that’s a great way to start building chemistry, especially with the amount of young receivers that we have working with Carson.”
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