We got to hear from Eagles’ offensive coordinator Shane Steichen on Monday morning ahead of training camp practice number five, and he spoke about Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith, along with the other receivers, and how they’re coming along so far.
Here’s what the OC had to say:
On Jalen Hurts
“I’ve been really impressed with him. I know, we all know this about him, this guy loves football. Like, he loves football, and he’s a tireless worker and he wants to be the best player he can be. But, just watching him in practice, the plays he makes — as we know, he has big scrambling ability, but the way he throws the deep ball — like, he had DeVonta [Smith] the other day down here on this field for a big deep ball, and then he hit Zach [Ertz] the other day down the sideline too — so, to be able to throw the deep ball and hit guys in stride, that’s an 80-yard touchdown instead of a six-yard gain.”
Steichen also admitted that they are still installing the system, but that they do have some packages in place that utilize Hurts’ particular skill set. He emphasized that they’re going to do whatever they can to put players in the best position to make plays, so they are going to cater the system to the guys on the field.
The OC also talked about how they want to utilize Hurts’ running ability but they also know they have to protect the quarterback, and they can’t have him taking too many hits.
On the WR group
“The thing about DeVonta, his releases off the line of scrimmage for a young player are super impressive. Like, it’s rare to see the way he gets off the line of scrimmage. His first step and his jab to create that separation, I mean that’s the biggest thing I’ve seen from him, along with his speed and his route-running ability. It’s been very impressive.”
Steichen admitted that Reagor can still be a factor in this offense, and he’s a speed guy that he’s excited about.
“He’s been really good. That big-bodied receiver, anytime you get that big-bodied receiver out there wide, I mean, that helps you. Those one-on-one matchups, to go up and get it, so that’s what he brings and we’re continuing to evaluate everybody and go from there.”
As far as Fulgham’s drop-off last season, Steichen said that it’s all about repetition and continuing to talk to him about what they want from a fundamental and technique standpoint.
- Steichen was asked about Zach Ertz, and he noted that the guy is a Pro Bowl player and a veteran and got right to work once he showed up for camp.
- The OC also said that the city of Philadelphia should know that Nick Sirianni is a high-energy, passionate coach.
- When asked about the left tackle competition between Andre Dillard and Jordan Mailata, Steichen said he loves where they’re both at, and they’re currently rotating each day — but that’s the case at most positions.