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Dallas Goedert explains how Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts changed

Dallas Goedert explains how Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts changed

Now, it’s not just theoretical. Now, that’s not just speculation.

After two weeks of OTA, his trainer and favorite target both adored Jalen Hurts and how different he was from last year.

It’s early. It’s 7 against 7. It’s non-contact. All the usual caveats apply.

But listening to Dallas Goedert and Nick Sirianni on Wednesday, it sure sounds like Hurts has made some significant improvements to his game.

Improvements he had to make.

“Jalen looks really good,” Goedert said. “Just him going through his readings, his progressions, I feel like the ball is a bit faster, he gets it out a bit faster, you see a kind of 1-2-3 throw. He has less of pips, he sees the match faster, which is really promising.

In that little quote, Goedert touched on just about every criticism Hurts had and every important area he needed to improve this offseason.

Again, we’re a week into June, and it’s a big leap from showing signs of improvement in non-contact OTAs to doing so in regular season games against big defenses in a crowded stadium. .

But it is a step in the right direction.

“Jalen is, in my opinion, more comfortable in attack,” Sirianni said. “It’s just part of the second-year process (in this offense). He knows where the receivers are going to be in relation to different looks. He knows where to go with football a little faster. …

“I also noticed the sharpness of the drop. It’s the fundamentals – his fundamentals have improved and he’s really worked hard for it. He really sees where to go with football and goes there fast.

“What we’ve done as coaches is figure out what he likes and what he’s good at and all those different things. It’s just racked up those reps.

There’s really no reason to think Hurts wouldn’t improve in his third year in the NFL and his second year as a starter on Sirianni’s offense.

He made great progress in key areas from Year 1 to Year 2 – accuracy, ball control, decision making. And it looks like he’s focused on those areas in the five months since the end of last year.

“The reason we know Jalen is going to keep improving is because of the character and the footballing character and the personal character he has,” Sirianni said.

“He’s just the kind of guy who is going to reach his maximum potential thanks to all his qualities off the pitch.”

It’s possible to appreciate some early encouraging signs at minicamp while acknowledging that overall it doesn’t mean much.

“He’s working every day to improve, and I’m really happy with where he is now, but we have to keep laying the groundwork,” Sirianni said.

“That he went 11 out of 12 [Tuesday] 7v7 doesn’t mean anything. He must continue to get better and better. … I have to keep working because it’s going to get harder and harder.

Goedert – along with some of the other pass catchers – has spent a lot of time with Hurts since late last year, and he’s confident Hurts will do everything he can to maximize his ability.

“His determination to be great is something you see every day,” Goedert said. “I was over there in California with him working out, and the details he has with the coaches watching the movie, watching his throwing mechanics, things like that. He really wants to be awesome and he shows it every day.

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