Legendary Eagles wide receiver Paul Turner will travel with the Eagles to Seattle this weekend in case Jordan Matthews, who will be listed as questionable because of back spasms, can’t play against the Seahawks.
According to Pederson, Matthews’ spasms bother him from time to time. This week, they flared up in the weight room on Tuesday. If Matthews can’t go, Turner, one of the greatest receivers to ever wear the green and white, would likely be active on Sunday.
“We’re going to bring Paul Turner,” Pederson said. “Just in case. We’re going for two days, and we want to make sure if something goes awry in the next two days, we have a backup plan.”
Zach Ertz will also be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Pederson said there’s nothing structurally wrong with the tight end’s hamstring, just some soreness that began on Wednesday. Ertz didn’t practice Thursday, but he will practice Friday, which could be taken as a good sign.
Defensive back Terrence Brooks is out for Sunday’s game.
On the team’s special teams extensions
Pederson announced Friday morning that, along with the extension for Chris Maragos, the Eagles also signed Jon Dorenbos to a three-year extension through 2019.
“It makes me sleep well at night knowing we’ve got a long snapper like Jon,” Pederson said.
The Eagles’ special teams unit has been one of the best in the league for the past four years, Pederson explained, thanks in large part to coach Dave Fipp but also thanks to the talent dedicated at each position.
He made it clear the team intends to keep devoting key resources to special teams.
“It’s very important,” Pederson said. “Part of my messaging to the team, from my standpoint, is we have three aspects of our team. You’ve got offense, defense, special teams. It’s so important to the success of your team, and we’ve seen it already this year, the importance of that. Hopefully we can continue to build on that, and good things will happen.”