By Jack Ryan
New Eagles coach Doug Pederson has developed a speciality:
Blowing smoke up quarterback Sam Bradford’s skirts!
“I think the biggest thing is re-signing our own players,” Pederson said during an interview today with the NFL Network. “Obviously that starts with the quarterback position and Sam Bradford. That was something going into this position, you always want to make sure your quarterback position is solidified.
“By getting Sam signed, it was a big benefit to us as an offense. I feel like he has the best days ahead of him and the best games of his career still ahead of him.”
Bradford signed a two-year extension with the Eagles earlier this month after throwing 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games last season, his first in Philly.
This week, Bradford is hosting wide receiver Jordan Matthews and tight end Zach Ertz in his hometown of Oklahoma City for some on-field training and bonding time.
Pederson also spoke about the value of identifying the Eagles’ key players and building around them in his first offseason as head coach.
“Keeping the guys, the core group of your guys re-signed is a big part of the success that you can have in the National Football League. Pederson said. “We’ve had a good offseason so far doing that.”
The Eagles, and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman acted quickly extending players such as offensive tackle Lane Johnson, defensive end Vinny Curry, Ertz and Bradford prior to dipping into the free agency waters.