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6 takeaways: Pederson's press conference

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 26, 2019 - 1:42 pm

ARIZONA — Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke with the media on Tuesday morning for just over an hour, touching on a number of different issues with his team. You can check out an update on Carson Wentz’s health here, and a very interesting answer on how Wentz can be a better teammate, here

Outside of Wentz, here are a few important takeaways from Pederson’s time with the media:

Joint Practices: Pederson did make one bit of news on Tuesday, announcing that the Eagles would be holding joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia during training camp. The Eagles did not hold joint practices with a team last season, but did prior to the 2017 season with the Miami Dolphins. Pederson said he wanted to do it because it helps the team get in some better work during training camp. 

Cre’von LeBlanc and the cornerbacks: The Eagles are in the unique situation of having six cornerbacks on the roster who can make a legitimate case for playing time next season, and sorting through them won’t be easy. Pederson insisted there would be a competition for playing time and he was excited to see it play out. One player Pederson and the coaching staff is clearly high on, however, is cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc. Pederson mentioned twice how impressed he was with LeBlanc last season, and said he would be in the mix at nickel cornerback with Avonte Maddox. Although he wouldn’t reveal a depth chart at cornerback, it sounds like the team expects LeBlanc to get some serious playing time next season.  

Spreading the ball around: The Eagles have three receivers in Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor who are going to want the ball next season — not to mention maybe the best tight end in the NFL in Zach Ertz. Pederson insisted the overload of talent in the passing game won’t cause issues, and that the team would gameplan like they always do, doing what is best for the offense and not trying to force the ball to certain players. Wentz will go through his reads and the open receiver will get the ball. Whether it plays out that way remains to be seen.

Jordan Mailata: Eagles fans and football analysts are obsessed with backup left tackle Jordan Mailata, but Pederson did not sound as ready as others to put him out on the field right away. Pederson mentioned that Mailata still has work to do and that he is still learning the game of football after just starting to play last year. Sounds like Mailata might still be with the third string offense when training camp begins. 

12 personnel: Pederson and the Eagles’ offense had great success last season when they were in 12 personnel, allowing them to get both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the field at the same time. Pederson sounded like a coach ready to use a lot more 12 personnel next year, and even hinted at the Eagles adding some special wrinkles other teams haven’t seen yet. Stay tuned. 

Darren Sproles: As was the case prior to the 2018 season, Pederson made it clear he wants running back Darren Sproles back on his roster. Sproles has said previously that he planed on retiring after the 2018 season, but that is very much up in the air. Whether Pederson gets his wish of having Sproles back next year remains to be seen, but if Sproles wants to play, it sounds like Pederson will try to make it happen in Philadelphia. 

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