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Joe Flacco Has Blunt Comment On 'Mentoring' Jalen Hurts

Joe Flacco throws a pass for the New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 01: Joe Flacco #5 of the New York Jets throws against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

When Joe Flacco signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week, many thought he would serve in a mentorship role for presumed 2021 starter Jalen Hurts.

While his veteran presence will certainly be felt in the Eagles' QB room, Flacco sees his role much differently. While the former Baltimore Ravens starter hopes he and Hurts can make each other better, he doesn't look at himself as a mentor coming into this season.

“Your goal as a football player is to show people around you that you can play football,” Flacco said, per Eagles insider Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal.

Hurts quickly became the only quarterback listed on the Eagles' roster after former starter Carson Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason. On Tuesday, Flacco was signed to fill that newly-voided backup role -- penning a one-year, $3.5 million guaranteed deal with the opportunity to earn $4 million more in incentives.

Taking over as starter for the final four games of the season, Hurts showed some promise as a future franchise QB -- but ultimately struggled in his debut. Through a 1-3 record as a starter, the former Alabama standout threw 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Taking over as starter in four games with the New York Jets last season, Flacco put up some eerily similar numbers. In his 12th NFL season, the vet threw for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions en route to an 0-4 starting record.

If the Eagles hope to see an improved season in 2021, at least one of these quarterbacks is going to have to step their game up.