With the Eagles OTAs over and the team’s minicamp finished, head coach Doug Pederson spoke with the media today.
Here are five reasons why he’s excited for training camp and his squad for 2017:
1. Roster stability on the offensive line.
“It’s huge,” Pederson said of keeping most of his offensive line player from last year intact. “It’s huge for you quarterback, it’s huge for the overall execution of the offense… It’s a huge asset to have your guys working a long time together.”
2. Good chemistry.
“The drops are down this year,” Pederson acknowledged that the chemistry between his quarterback and receivers has improved. “The one thing that has been even more impressive, is the contested catches. When the defenders kind of, you know, those bang-bang plays. We’ve been able to catch a few more of those, which is good to see.”
3. The team is where it needs to be, so far.
No savvy coach is going to say that his team is ready before training camp, but Pederson did come about as close as you can expect.
“I feel comfortable about where are our guys are, we came away with relatively minimal injuries,” Pederson admitted. “I feel good about going into [training] camp, but it’s still a work in progress…”
4. Fierce competition is pushing everyone to be better.
“Some young guys out there are getting valuable experience…getting valuable reps in,” the head coach explained. “By no means is the roster set, or starters even selected. So, it’s still a competition out there.”
5. LeGarrette Blount
Pederson dropped a few names of players he was particularly impressed with, including Rasul Douglas, Aaron Grymes, Jaylen Watkins, Alshon Jeffery, and of course Carson Wentz. But newly signed running back LeGarrette Blount got some particular attention from his new head coach.
“He’s been a pro since he’s been here, he’s eager to learn, he’s a sponge,” is how Pederson described Blount. “He’s wanting to learn everything that we’re doing on offense, coach Duce Staley has been preaching to the guys. He’s been a class act…that’s the kind of player, atmosphere, and demeanor we’re trying to build here so it’s a great addition to have him.”
You can find the full press conference here.
Source: PhiladephiaEagles.com · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS