EAGLES HITTING IN PADS STARTS MONDAY, AND PEDERSON CAN’T WAIT
By Michael Grimm
Eagles coach Doug Pederson is back at NovaCare and raring to go, with the anticipation of next Monday’s first practice in pads:
“Once the pads come on, you really start seeing the physicality of guys, and how well they’re going to suit what we need as an offense, defense, and special teams,” Pederson said. “[Thursday] I think would have been our first preseason game. We’ve got everything that we need in, if we were to play a game [then],” he said yesterday in a Zoom presser.
Training camp practices are always “grueling”.
“It’s a little more of a fluid schedule, I would say, for the next couple of weeks, so we’re going to have a lot of good answers, because of the amount of days we’ve got stacked back-to-back, or end-to-end, coming up,” Pederson said.
“I typically have two days [when padded practices commence] where it’s more of a live, controlled-live sort of practice, tackle to the ground. I’m going to stick to that schedule,” Pederson said. “I’m going to stick to two days of having situational, scrimmage-type practices. I feel like it’s a great way to get our guys prepared to game situations, game action.”
“I can remember back when I was a young player getting reps with those starters. I mean, it gets your juices going a little bit. It’s exciting for that player, but at the same time, that’s a game rep for them. That’s a true feeling on what game day is like,” Pederson said. “I’m still going to do that. The coaches are going to do that. The coordinators are going to do that, and make sure that our guys, one, they’re prepared to go and do that, then at the same time it allows us to find answers on some of these young players.”