What Hurts has learned from relationship with Peyton Manning


Jalen Hurts loves watching all the greats.

It just so happens that he has a direct line of communication with one of them.

The Eagles 23-year-old quarterback on Wednesday said he still keeps in contact with Peyton Manning over four years after he attended the Manning Passing Academy back in 2017.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with the Mannings, Coop, Mr. Achie, Eli and Peyton since the camp I went to when I was a sophomore, going into my sophomore year (at Alabama),” Hurts said on Wednesday. “And we just maintained that relationship. Always … little things that I can learn from, pick their brain. I value the Mannings and the relationship I have with them.”

Hurts said Manning sends him clips of his “Detail, From the Mind of Peyton Manning” episodes. The Pro Football Hall of Famer breaks down quarterback play for ESPN+ and Hurts is happy to soak up knowledge from one of the greatest football minds on the planet.

The title of the series — “Detail” — is also very fitting.

Because if there’s one thing Hurts has taken from his relationship with Peyton Manning, it’s the emphasis on that aspect.

“He’s just really detail oriented. Very detailed,” Hurts said. “Talked about during walkthroughs, he’s a guy that everything is really full speed until the snap, but he’s going through checks. Even in the offseason, the amount of detail he has in the offseason when he’s with his receivers. He had scripted plays out there, he had a special routine. I admire that and I hope to continue that on.”


Hurts met the Manning when he attended the 2017 Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Hurts was one of 43 college quarterbacks who were there as camp counselors that season.

And, apparently, the Mannings were impressed by Hurts aback then.

"Jalen's a good-looking quarterback, and he threw the ball well," Archie Manning told AL.com, in a story that published on June 27, 2017. "We really enjoyed having Jalen. He's really a fine young man and a good guy, a really good guy. He worked great with our campers and mixed in so well with our staff. He was one of the favorites. And in all of the throwing sessions, he performed very well."

Hurts on Wednesday, was asked if he watches other quarterbacks for their ability to run in addition to watching some for their passing ability.

Hurts answered more generally.

“I watch the greats,” Hurts said.

Having one of them at his disposal can only help.

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