"It's great to have everybody here and working," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said to start off his press conference on the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp.
Pederson was happy to have the entire potential roster out on the field, getting his first real look at the group he has in Philadelphia.
He said it was great to get a look at their bevy of running backs, including Donnel Pumphrey and LeGarrett Blount.
Pederson was happy to see all of his team together, particularly some of the guys who weren't around for the team's optional OTAs:
"With Marcus [Smith] back and then obviously with Jason [Peters] back, given the fact that we have a full complement of guys it gives us more depth, more rotation, and more bodies can practice."
Of Peters in particular the head coach said:
"Jason is a great football player...he's an anchor on that offensive line. He played 16 games for us, started 16 games for us last year. It's hard to replace a Jason Peters...He's the least of my worries."
Pederson had particular praise for the competitiveness of his group and their willingness to improve both as individuals and as a team.
When asked what players he excited to see this season, Pederson offered up a few names.
"C.J. [Smith] caught our eye last year, obviously. He's athletic, he's quick, a smart kid. Special teams could be a big role for him going forward this year."
"The ceiling is high," Pederson said of TE Trey Burton. "We know he's a special teams guy, he's very valuable on teams and he's a guy we can move around offensively. Carson [Wentz] was real comfortable with him last year filling in for Jordan...I like where he's out right now."
You almost wouldn't know that a power outage threatened to throw the entire minicamp into chaos on day one.
In any case, Pederson seems happy with the guys he's working with and what he's seen so far in these early goings.
You can watch the full interview right here:
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