Takeaways from Doug Pederson’s final presser before Eagles
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The Eagles head coach knows that a lot needs to improve after the team’s 2-2 start to the 2018 season http://www.eagleslockerroom.co.....ent-jersey , and with the Minnesota Vikings making their way to Philly this weekend, they are in for big test. Doug Pederson spoke to the media on Friday and gave a few injury updates, as well as talked about the need for urgency from his team, and whether they’ve deciding to make any personnel moves yet.Here’s what the head coach had to say:On the state of the offensePederson was asked if he’s seen a greater sense of urgency from the players this week, and he admitted he has, but that they need to play with that same type of intensity. He specifically pointed out the way the team has started games this season, and talked about offensively they know they need to get things into a higher gear quickly. The head coach cited their production on first drives in the past two seasons, and missing that type of momentum boost early on.Carson Wentz had said that he needs to do a better job protecting himself, and Pederson acknowledged that the big picture — both in terms of a full season and career — is something that needs to be a point of emphasis. The head coach talked about how the health of the quarterback is essential, and you’ve seen throughout NFL history when the injury to a quarterback can derail a team’s season.Pederson was later asked about missing Corey Clement and Darren Sproles and whether that’s one of the reasons they’ve been less productive on third downs. The head coach noted that those two backs aren’t just missed on offense or in third-down situations, but their absence is also felt on special teams.He did say that the offense as a whole knows that they need to get better on third downs, and that’s something they know as a team — it’s not just one guy. They are addressing that as a staff, and making sure things are correct schematically and that the game plan is sound. Ultimately, Clement and Sproles could help in that situation Womens DeSean Jackson Jersey , but it doesn’t come down to just them.Pederson did laud the effort by Wendell Smallwood, and noted that he felt really comfortable with the running back coming out of training camp. The head coach said Smallwood’s running style was a little more aggressive and that he’s a physical guy and “quite honestly probably had something to prove, maybe felt there was a little heat on him.”But, Pederson said Smallwood rose to the challenge and has done a good job for the team, so they’ll keep him coming.He went on to talk about some of the protection issues with the offensive line, but agreed that some of that has to do with re-adjusting the timing from Nick Foles to Carson Wentz. Sure, these guys have played with Wentz before, but he may hold onto the ball a little longer so the protection needs to go a “tick” longer, and also pointed out the cadence is different as well.On Jalen MillsHe was asked about the coaching staff’s loyalty and commitment to Jalen Mills — particularly this week — and whether it was because he’s the best player available for them right now or whether the loyalty is for what he’s done for them in the past. Pederson admitted it’s a little of both.“No. 1, he is the best player for the positions, and No. 2, his body of work, and what he’s done over the course of 2-plus years, and so we have a ton of confidence in him.”Pederson went on to compare it to when a quarterback gets into a slump; the coaches put their arm around him and build him up and keep coaching him. He continued to say he doesn’t kick guys to curb and tell them they’re done Cameron Johnston Jersey , but rather work to build them up.Personnel decisionsThe head coach said they haven’t looked to make any personnel moves at this point. He talked a little about with so many injuries and moving pieces, they are just trying to get the group of guys they have ready for Sunday.Pederson also noted that guys like Jason Kelce are getting some extra rest during the week, not necessarily related to any injury concerns, just as a veteran player they’re trying to be smart with how much they give them during the week.He wouldn’t answer directly about whether they were looking to bring in someone at left guard, but repeated that they are constantly evaluating everyone and will do whatever is needed to put the best players available on the field, but they haven’t made any changes as of yet.Pederson did point out that this week in practice they’ve been rotating players more than usual, with guys like Isaac Seumalo taking reps at left guard and center.It was the second week of rookie Avonte Maddox lining up in the safety position, and Pederson said he looks more comfortable and confident back there, and it’s great to have guys like Corey Graham and Malcolm Jenkins who can talk him through game reps in practice.Injury updatesPederson said they are going to see how Derek Barnett does on Friday in practice and make a determination as the day go. The injury happened during last week’s game — not falling off the team bus or anything.Both Corey Clement and Darren Sproles are going to practice a little bit on Friday and try and give the coaches a sense of whether they can go on Sunday against the Vikings. If those two can’t play this weekend, it’ll mean more carries for Wendell Smallwood, Jay Ajayi and Josh Adams. The moment in the spotlight isn't over yet for a Philadelphia Eagles fan who stumbled into fame as a viral video star after running into a subway pillar earlier this year.Jigar Desai is now the subject of an NFL digital short feature, shot ahead of the Eagles game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Oct. 28. In the short, he's surprised with tickets for himself, his wife and two kids to attend the game in England."From 'mind the pillars' to 'Mind the Gap' ...London http://www.eagleslockerroom.co.....low-jersey , here we come!" Desai said Friday.Back in January, Desai, sporting a Brian Dawkins jersey, was trying to rally subway passengers for the NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was filmed running alongside the train on the platform, and then all of a sudden slamming into a pole and bumping off the train.Passenger video of his fan fail took off on social media, prompting everything from Philly sports pride to general mockery."At the end of it all, if you are going to have a knucklehead moment caught on camera from two angles, then it better have results," said Desai, who works as a consultant with a life sciences and health care company.With the Eagles going on to win the first Super Bowl and Dawkins being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, "I couldn't have scripted a better ending," he said.Folks with the NFL reached out to him in the spring about the video project and last weekend they went to his home in the Philadelphia suburbs to do some filming, he said."The piece focused on him and his love of the Eagles," said Brenna Webb Womens Richard Rodgers Jersey , spokeswoman for NFL Media, of the short film. The eight-minute video will roll out on NFL digital and social media platforms next week, she said.The filmmakers said they told him they wanted to see the pillar and they took the subway to the scene of the injury, the Ellsworth-Federal stop on the Broad Street subway line. That's when Desai said he noticed Eagles cheerleaders, Swoop the mascot and a Mummers string band gathered around the pole for a celebration. Swoop presented him and his family with the tickets to London."It was a total surprise, and as a dad, it was so great to be there with my kids. My youngest always says 'So you hit a pole. So what?'" he said.Hitting the pole meant more than you would think to 43-year-old Desai. A new tradition was now born. Two weeks later, an hour before the Super Bowl game between the Eagles and Patriots, Desai had what he called a "ceremonious" yet safe "run-in with a post at home to keep the positive mojo going." He's vowed to do that for every future Eagles playoff game.And what does he want folks to take away from the great pole collision of 2018?"Platform 9 戮 is not at the Ellsworth Station and I'm starting to think this whole Harry Potter thing is fiction," he jokes. "It's been a wild ride and a long 15 minutes and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
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