PHILADELPHIA — Turns out Jalen Hurts is slimmer.
When the Eagles QB1 first showed up for off-season work this year, a number of reporters commented that Hurts looked a little lighter than he had in the past .
A former high school weightlifter, Hurts, who turns 24 on August 7, has consistently downplayed any weight loss and said he was in the same ballpark as usual. The Eagles rank the QB1 as 6-foot-1 and 223 pounds.
On Tuesday, Hurts questioned himself again and opened up a little more, explaining that the weight hadn’t changed, but that it might have changed a bit now that he was paying more attention. to his eating habits, which made him feel better. and resulted in a leaner look.
“I’m not necessarily lighter. I’m the same weight, around 220,” Hurts said. “Constantly 220 throughout my days. I just feel cleaner in terms of drinking water and stopping sugary drinks.
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Hurts noted that he liked lemonade and found a healthier option.
He also tweaked things elsewhere.
“I just change things that I put in my body. I think it really helped me with my conditioning,” he said. “How I feel when I wake up. Eating my greens, eating lots of protein and drinking lots of water, so I think that’s very beneficial.
Hurts is more powerful than ever and can still lift 600 pounds, so the change wasn’t meant to add speed or sneakiness to his already impressive movement abilities.
He’s just a mature young player who understands that to compete at the highest level, you have to try to optimize everything at your disposal, including your diet.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com’s Eagles Today and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Sports. You can listen to John, alongside legendary sports talker Jody McDonald, every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on “Birds 365,” streaming live on YouTube.com and JAKIBSports.com. You can reach John at [email protected] or on Twitter @JFMcMullen