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Behind the meteoric rise of Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts

PHILADELPHIA -- Receiver A.J. Brown was asked whether he examined the Philadelphia Eagles' roster before agreeing to a four-year, $100 million extension in April to finalize his trade from the Tennessee Titans.

"No, unfortunately," he said last week, as preparations for Super Bowl LVII got underway. "All I needed to know was who was going to be my quarterback. That told me everything I needed to know."

That confidence in Jalen Hurts, and what his presence means for the direction of this franchise, was developed over hours of intense throwing sessions on remote Mississippi fields and through years of friendship, Brown said.