Doug Pederson Says Eagles Received’t ‘Maintain Again’ In opposition to Overmatched Redskins


JJ Arcega Whiteside


Eagles rookie WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside ought to see important taking part in time Sunday.

It’s opening week across the NFL when the Bears and Packers kick off the season Thursday. Three days later, the primary occasion: Eagles versus Redskins at Lincoln Monetary Area. The common season is lastly right here.

In a recreation unofficially being known as the fifth preseason recreation in Philadelphia, the Eagles starters will lastly be unveiled to the world. Head coach Doug Pederson determined to relaxation everybody in the course of the preseason, save just a few first-series snaps within the third recreation. Nobody has seen the workforce working on all cylinders, apart from a two-day joint follow with the Baltimore Ravens in late August.

Pederson addressed reporters Wednesday forward of Sunday’s season opener towards the Redskins. He confirmed what everybody already knew: Carson Wentz has no restrictions and can be full-go. The identical goes for Fletcher Cox (foot), DeSean Jackson (finger), Ronald Darby (knee) and Nigel Bradham (toe). They’ll control these guys, however in any other case, it’s enterprise as standard.

“The one factor that form of goes again to the opening day is, these guys haven’t performed for 60 minutes, they usually haven’t performed at a 1:00 recreation,” Pederson instructed reporters. “Now we have to watch out of everyone on the market, ensuring they keep hydrated, and do all of the issues vital to arrange themselves for that. That’s taxing on these guys, as effectively.”

On the much less optimistic aspect, there have been just a few guys that missed Wednesday’s follow. Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce, Rudy Ford and Derek Barnett have been all restricted individuals, based on the workforce. Kelce obtained a non-injury-related time off, however Barnett and Brooks are recovering from accidents. That’s not ultimate. If Brooks is out, Halapoulivaati Vaitai will draw the beginning at proper guard. Barnett? Effectively, let’s hope that’s pre-cautionary. Choices embrace Josh Sweat and Daeshon Corridor.

Rookes Anticipated to See Main Enjoying Time

There was pleasure effervescent over all summer season on the Eagles’ rookies, particularly on the talent positions. Guys like Miles Sanders, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Andre Dillard. The latter received’t play as he’s Jason Peters’ successor-in-training — except the workforce requires a 3rd tight finish. Nonetheless, the thrill round Sanders and Arcega-Whiteside has been noticeably percolating in current weeks.

Head coach Doug Pederson appeared to point that each Sanders and Arcega-Whiteside would see important taking part in time.

“Yeah, that’s the explanation why we had coaching camp, and actually combined these guys in with those, and bought them comfy with [QB] Carson [Wentz], because of this,” Pederson instructed reporters. “This is the reason you draft these guys. I don’t assume you maintain again. You plug them in, and also you go. They must be taught.

“There’s no higher trainer than on gameday. Simply allow them to expertise the emotion of the sport, really feel the sport, after which go execute how they’re succesful. I imply, they’re proficient sufficient to be drafted the place they have been drafted, so we’re going to make use of them.”

Though many followers and speaking heads are excited concerning the rookies (see above tweet), the truth is that Jordan Howard and DeSean Jackson will open as the 2 starters at working again and extensive receiver, respectively. By the tip of the yr? Effectively, let’s re-evaluate at that time. The Eagles open the common season Sunday at 1 p.m. towards the Washington Redskins.

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