By Harvey Hoffman

It takes one to appreciate one.

That is, a late-round draft pick or a free agent.

Such as Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who was an undrafted rookie out of Northeast Louisiana and spent more than a decade in the league as a backup quarterback.

Now, as head coach of the Eagles, he has a say in deciding which undrafted rookies make the NFL. And he thinks this can be a good year for those players.

“I think that this is actually a good time to be a late-round pick and possibly a free agent, even these young draft picks,” Pederson told the Delco Daily Times.

“We’ve already had a week with them practicing on the grass. We’re going to get some really good opportunities here in these next coming weeks. They are going to learn a lot from the veterans. The way I have the schedule set up is for them to learn and to be successful. Once we get into the padded portion of training camp is where we really get to see where these guys are. We truly feel these young guys are going to be the ones who are going to have to help us throughout the entire season.”