Dallas Guedert explains how Eagles quarterback Galen Hurts has changed

Now it’s not just a theory. Now it’s not just a guess.

After two weeks of OTAs, his coach and favorite target admirer Jalen Hurts and how different his look is from last year.

It’s early. It’s 7 over 7. It’s no contact. All the usual caveats apply.

But listening to Dallas Godert and Nick Siriani Wednesday, it certainly looks like Hurts has made some significant improvements to his game.

Upgrades he had to make.

“Galen looks really good,” Godert said. “Just going through his readings, his progression, I feel the ball is getting a little bit more compressed, he’s taking it out a little bit faster, you see sort of a 1-2-3 throw. He doesn’t have a lot of obstacles, he sees the game faster, which is really promising.”

In this little quote, Goedert has addressed pretty much every criticism of Hurts and every important area he needed to improve this off season.

Once again, we’re a week into June, and it’s a huge leap from showing signs of improvement while not connecting via OTA to doing so in regular season matches against big defenses in a crowded stadium.

But it is a step in the right direction.

“In my opinion, Galen is more comfortable with the attack,” Siriani said. “That’s just part of the process in the second year (in this offense). He knows where the receivers are going to be versus the different formats. He knows where to go with the football a little faster. …

“I’ve also noticed the fragility of the drop. It’s been the basics – his fundamentals have improved, and he’s worked really hard at it. He really sees where he’s going with football and he’s getting there fast.

“What we did as coaches is figure out what he likes and what he’s good at and all these different things. It’s just the accumulation of these reps.”

There’s really no reason to believe Hurts won’t improve in his third year in the NFL and second year as a starter in Sirianni’s offensive.

He made great strides in key areas from year one to year two – accuracy, ball control and decision-making. He appears to have focused on those areas in the five months since the end of last year.

“The reason we know Galen will continue to improve is because of the character, his footballing personality, the character that he has,” Siriani said.

“He’s just the kind of person who will reach his full potential because of all the qualities he has off the field.”

It is possible to appreciate some of the encouraging early signs in the small camp while still acknowledging that in the big picture it doesn’t mean much.

“He’s working every day to get better, and I’m really happy where he is now, but we have to keep laying the foundation,” Siriani said.

“He went 11 out of 12 [Tuesday] In 7-on-7 it means nothing. It has to keep getting better and better. … You must keep working because it will get harder and harder.”

Goedert — as well as some other passers-by — have spent a lot of time with Hurts since the end of last year and is convinced Hurts will do everything in his power to maximize his ability.

“His determination to be great is something you see every day,” Godert said. “I was there in California working with him, the details he has with the coaches looking at the movie, looking at the throwing mechanics of things, things like that. He really wants to be cool and it shows every day.”

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