2020-06-22

Philadelphia coaches impressed by Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts growth at a ‘mental standpoint' is impressing Philadelphia coaching staff.

After investing a second-round pick in quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Alabama turned Oklahoma quarterback has been impressing the Eagles coaching staff.

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“[His] growth as a mental standpoint from the beginning of the offseason to now has been very good and his ability to recall plays and recite plays, and one thing (quarterbacks coach) Press Taylor has done is put him into a huddle situation where he’s calling plays and being able to spit that back to him, ” Pederson said, per AL.com.

As a graduate transfer, Hurts racked up 32 touchdowns, 3851 passing yards at a 69.7 competition percentage in Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley's dynamic offense, he added another 1298 yards and 20 on the ground last season.

“With young quarterbacks, you always have an idea or an understanding of where they are not only at the beginning of your offseason but at the end,” Pederson said.

At Oklahoma, Riley steadily improved Hurts’ output,  regarded as a fourth-to-fifth round prospect last November. He improved his completion percentage by 6.9% from his freshman season, Hurts’ quarterback rating as a senior jumped 51.9% compared his first season at Alabama, according Sports Reference figures.

“And now it’s just a matter of once we get him on the grass, he’s got to do it for real and go from there. But I’ve been really impressed with his progress this spring.”

Hurts, Eagles are expected to open training camp late July.


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