Chase Young calls Jalen Hurts 'a winner' who plays better under bright lights

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Chase Young describes Eagles' Jalen Hurts as 'a winner' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Chase Young will face off against Jalen Hurts for the first time ever on Sunday, in college or the NFL. Despite limited film on Hurts and no head-to-head matchups against him, Young already has an idea of what kind of player the rookie quarterback is where it counts. 

"Jalen, he's a winner," Young told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He has that winning mentality. When you're a winner you just win, and you gotta know that about him because he's not gonna stop. It does something to quarterbacks when they're winners, they just play differently in those times when the lights shine bright."

Hurts had played in plenty of big games before taking a snap in the NFL. It's the benefits of playing for three years at Alabama and then another with Oklahoma.

Entering the final week of the season, Hurts is 1-2 in three starts with a win over the Saints and a tight loss to the Cardinals -- where he played very well -- before an ugly showing against the Cowboys cost Philadelphia a shot at the playoffs. 

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The former Sooner has given the Eagles a spark replacing Carson Wentz, who'd been playing like the worst quarterback in the NFL over the first 13 games of the year. That makes Young and the defense's job harder on Sunday, especially considering the added element Hurts presents as a runner. 

However, Washington already has dealt with Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray this season. So they've had plenty of practice containing the league's most athletic quarterbacks. For Young, those reps give a better understanding of how to prepare for the next one. 

"You have to be aware of where [Hurts] likes to take it out of the pocket," Young said. "And just his tendencies, what he likes to do when he's pressured or where he likes to step up [in the pocket]."

The Eagles will be down several key players Sunday night, including star running back Miles Sanders, tight ends Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers and starting left tackle Jordan Mailata. It'd be easy to pencil Washington in as the victor with all things considered, but it doesn't appear like Young has any plans to take Hurts lightly.