The leap Jalen Hurts took last year was unprecedented. He went from a guy who at times struggled to make throws in 2021, to being one of the best QBS in the league last year. And not just because of his running ability. A lot of the stats show he was one of the best QBs throwing from the pocket and throwing the ball deep. And we saw that in the Super Bowl where he went toe to toe with Patrick Mahomes. While Hurts’ team lost, we saw he was more than capable of keeping up with the best QB in the league.
But could we see another leap forward this season? Is it even possible for him to get even better than he was? Early indications in Eagles OTAs suggest he may be able to get even better.
Tim McManus joined The Best Show Ever earlier this week. He spoke to us about what he has seen out of Jalen Hurts so far. And while it is of course just practice, and it is still early, there are some things he is seeing from Hurts that had Tim McManus thinking that there may be another level Hurts can reach.
Firstly, he spoke about how Hurts looked even more impressive physically.
“A couple of things stood out to me about Hurts, just watching him move. One is he added a little bit more mass to his upper body. His arms in particular looked a little bit more cut and a little bit more bigger. The ball seemed to be jumping out of his hands more than I have seen in years past.”
But beyond just looking bigger, he also brought up something that his teammates on defense were noticing about Hurts making even smarter decisions on the field than he was last year.
“Some of the newcomers like Terrell Edmunds were talking about how there are anticipation throws he is making that stand out. they say you have to be on your Ps and Qs to understand what his intentions are. He is really good with his eye discipline in terms of looking off of safeties. Has a good understanding of what he is seeing from the defense. And he is anticipating and getting the ball out very fast.”
It is crazy to think Hurts could be better. But it also kind of makes sense. One thing we know for sure about Hurts is that dude will work his ass off. It stood out last year with how much he improved. But why wouldn’t he work just as hard as he did last year in this offseason? We may have all been satisfied with how good he was last year. But Hurts does not seem like the type of guy who will ever be satisfied. There is always something he wants to improve.
Again, it is just practice. But this is the same type of talk we were hearing at this point last year. As we know, that turned out to be true. So don’t be surprised if this type of talk turns out to be true yet again.