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Posted: April 02 2019,05:38

It’s been a couple of days since we’ve heard from Eagles head coach Doug Pederson Black Herman Edwards Jerseys , but he spoke again on Friday as the team gets ready to take on Tampa Bay. We already know that Nick Foles will be the starter on Sunday, but the head coach talked a bit about the progress of some of the receivers, and how they’ll help get Foles into a rhythm early against the Buccaneers.Here’s what Pederson had to say:On offense/special team injuriesHe opened his press conference talking about Darren Sproles, and noted that the running back had a slight hamstring issue that he suffered during practice, but they are waiting to see how he does during practice on Friday before making any decisions about his availability for Sunday.Similarly with Shelton Gibson, who is sidelined with a quad injury. Pederson noted that he should be fine, but he’s another guy they are waiting until after practice to make a decision about.With those two guys potentially out on Sunday, Pederson was asked who would fill in on kick and punt returns. The head coach noted that they’ve had Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Nelson Agholor all get return experience, and then Clement and DeAndre Carter have gotten some extra work at returning punts the past couple of days.Pederson also noted that Alshon Jeffery has “looked good” and that they’ll evaluate him again next week. The receiver has still only been doing individual drills while he waits to be cleared for contact.He was later asked if keeping some players out during the preseason could create offenses that start a season slower than defenses. Pederson explained that while that could certainly have a bit of an effect, there were some teams in Week 1 who put up a ton of points, so it’s more on a team-by-team basis.On Tampa Bay injuriesHe was asked if the Bucs secondary being injured will affect their game planning. Pederson noted that he sees it a little differently, in that they first have to get past Tampa Bay’s defensive line, which is a challenge all it own. So before they can even worry about capitalizing on their injured secondary, they first have to focus on getting past the line.Pederson also pointed out that they do have to be more effective offensively, and he has to do a better job of calling plays to shoot the ball down the field. He talked about execution Herman Edwards Jerseys 2019 , particularly up front, and that we’ll see what happens.On facing former playersThe Eagles will be facing two very familiar guys on Sunday in DE/DTs Vinny Curry and Beau Allen and Pederson admitted that they have to make some changes to their offense to keep a competitive advantage.“It’s something we have to take in consideration,” Pederson noted.He talked about Curry and Allen being two great players that the Eagles owe a lot of credit to for their help in getting a Super Bowl win, but at the same time they are focused on their new roles in Tampa Bay. The Eagles just have to focus on executing, but they will have to be mindful of when Curry and Allen are in the game. He did say they would have to change up a few things because the pair was familiar with the Eagles terminology upfront. On prep for weather conditionsPederson said it’s something they just have to keep educating the players on how to stay hydrated and prepare for those type of hot and humid conditions — the same they’ll face this weekend in Tampa. He continued to point out that the hydration process can’t start a day or two before the game, but rather the beginning of the week is when players need to start getting their bodies ready. The head coach also pointed to Wednesday’s practice being a bit humid, which was beneficial in terms of replicating the environment. Hydration, along with nutrition and rest, are all things they can’t let hinder them on Sunday.On Eagles fans travelingPederson talked about first and foremost wanting all those fans traveling to be safe in light of Hurricane Florence hammering the east coast, but acknowledged that having fans around for away games helps.He talked about the team being able to feel the energy of fans in town, around the hotels and at the games. The head coach talked about how Eagles fans travel extremely well, and how them being loud can help in opposing stadiums. The team itself will be flying around the storm, so they might have to go a little further west to get their safely.Eagles vs. Colts snap count analysis: Philadelphia’s backup running backs combine for a big day Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 20-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season. OFFENSEThe Eagles are going to win a lot when Carson Wentz and the entire offensive line plays the entire game. Good to see Jason Peters making it through his first full game this season after he had to leave early in Week 1 and Week 2. Peters was a force out on the edge.With the Eagles being so depleted at the skill positions, Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor basically had to play the entire game.Great to see Dallas Goedert much more involved here after he only logged 22% of the snaps in Week 2. The rookie tight end caught all seven of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown. With the Eagles being so depleted at the skill positions, it’s a no brainer to throw his way.Corey Clement took the most snaps of any Eagles running back. He had 19 combined touches (16 carries and three receptions) while Wendell Smallwood had 13 combined touches (10 carries and three receptions). These two guys combined for 112 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards Black Brian Westbrook Jerseys , and one rushing touchdown. Josh Adams only played eight snaps but he made the most of them by taking six carries for 30 yards. That’s a nice NFL debut for the undrafted rookie. Kamar Aiken outsnapped Jordan Matthews but failed to register a target. I wouldn’t just assume it’ll be Aiken who goes to the bench if/when Alshon Jeffery comes back this week. It could be Jeffery and Aiken on the outside with Agholor in the slot. JMatt could still get some playing time but I don’t think Aiken is just going to the bench, although he probably should. It’ll be much better when the Eagles offense is at a point when they don’t have to play Joshua Perkins for 38% of the snaps.It’s really disappointing to see that Shelton Gibson can only get one measly snap while the Eagles are missing three of their top four wide receivers. Not to mention that Philadelphia’s offense needs a field-stretcher and Gibson has the speed to do that. We saw as much in the preseason. For whatever reason, the coaching staff just doesn’t trust him. DEFENSEMalcolm Jenkins, Jordan Hicks, and Ronald Darby played the entire game. Hicks continues to be the Eagles’ dime linebacker. He finished the day with a team-high eight tackles and two passes defensed. Jalen Mills would’ve played the entire game if he didn’t have to come out for a little bit to get checked up on after breaking up a pass. Rasul Douglas briefly filled in for him.Last year, the Eagles made an effort to conserve Fletcher Cox by limiting his playing time to some extent. Hasn’t been the case this year with the Eagles being thinner at defensive tackle.Corey Graham had to play a lot more than usual with Rodney McLeod leaving the game early due to a knee injury. McLeod indicated he’s going to be OK but we’ll see. Nigel Bradham had to leave the game at one point because he had the wind knocked out of him after colliding with Jenkins. Brandon Graham received the fifth most snaps of any defensive lineman. He played the most snaps of any Eagles defensive end in 2017. A reminder that the Eagles’ weakside linebacker spot isn’t incredibly important: Kamu Grugier-Hill played nine defensive snaps on Sunday. The Eagles don’t really trust undrafted rookie free agent Bruce Hector to play much. The defensive tackle options behind Cox just aren’t very inspiring, which is why we see Michael Bennett get a lot of interior work. SPECIAL TEAMSAvonte Maddox is tied with Grugier-Hill for the Eagles’ lead in special teams tackle with two. D.J. Alexander got flagged for running into the Colts’ punter. Thankfully it didn’t end up costing the Eagles a third down stop.Nathan Gerry didn’t see a single defensive snap for the first time this season.DID NOT PLAYInactive: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Alshon Jeffery, Nate Sudfeld, Chance Warmack, Jordan Mailata, Matt PryorActive but did not play: Nick Foles, Josh Sweat
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