Philadelphia: We are a couple weeks away from the 2020 NFL Season starting and things are getting ramped up with Training Camp and still questions if the season can be played safely with the COVID19 Pandemic.
On Monday, Eagles Coach Doug Pederson would speak as the team would have their first padded practice of training camp at Novacare Complex in South Philadelphia.
Below are some of the highlights of what Doug Pederson said
Update on WR Alshon Jeffery:
Pederson: “Alshon is doing extremely well. Obviously, as you guys know, there’s no timetable for him. We’re just trying to make sure that he’s 100 percent before we return him to action. But he’s doing extremely well, and he’s progressing nicely where we want him to be at this particular time, and he continues to progress in the right direction”
What is he looking at the rookies:
Pederson: “Today is the first day in pads and these guys haven’t been in pads since our playoff game back in January. We want to do our due diligence and I want to do my due diligence to the players to make sure that we are ramping up correctly, and yet still put the pads on and get used to them here in the next couple days. Really, again, there’s a fine line with the amount of reps that our starters take and get compared to some of these guys that are backup guys or situational role players for us that we need to get evaluations on. We don’t have a whole lot of time obviously, so we have to make the most of these opportunities, especially these padded sessions that we have in the next couple weeks.”
How will he manage Jason Peters workload as he goes to a new position:
Pederson “We have a plan now for these guys. Jason is a part of that plan and we are going to make sure that he is ready to go obviously in a couple of weeks, but at the same time, he understands, too, from us, that he has to get the reps necessary to be comfortable going into Washington”
How will you handle the distribution of reps during training camp:
His take on how Carson Wentz has looked so far:
Pederson “I’ve been thoroughly impressed. He has come into camp obviously in great shape. He’s the leader of our football team. He’s coaching up the young players, which is great to see. He’s working well with [WR] DeSean [Jackson] and [WR] Greg Ward, [WR] J.J. [Arcega-Whiteside] the guys that were on the field at the end of the season last year and getting a really good rapport with them. [He has] really taking ownership in this pandemic and where we are as a football team and really excited where he is now as the leader of our football team and excited for this upcoming season with him.
What does he want to see with the pads on for the first time: