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19 things we learned about the Eagles from Doug Pederson’s press conference

Biggest takeaways.


Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke with reporters for an hour on Wednesday morning during the NFC coaches breakfast at the 2017 NFL owners meetings. You can watch Pederson’s entire press conference by clicking here. For now, here are some key takeaways from what Pederson had to say. Stay tuned here to Bleeding Green Nation for more in-depth stories regarding Pederson’s comments.

Everything about Carson Wentz

Pederson had an awkward exchange with one reporter about Wentz.

Some believe he was kidding but it didn’t come across like that to me at first. Especially since he can be awkward. In any case, here’s more stuff he said about the Eagles’ young quarterback.

There will be competition at left guard

Returning 2016 starter Allen Barbre, second-year player Isaac Seumalo, veteran Stefen Wisniewski, and Chance Warmack will be competing for the left guard spot.

Pederson says the Eagles are keeping Jason Kelce

Despite trade rumors, Pederson once again insisted the Eagles are keep Kelce. Personally, I’m still skeptical. The feeling here is Kelce is the odd man out in a crowded Eagles offensive line situation.

Pederson says the Eagles are keeping Mychal Kendricks

Again, just like with Kelce, I don’t really buy it. There’s talk the Eagles might try to trade Kendricks closer to the 2017 NFL Draft.

If Kendricks was truly “a big part of the team,” the Eagles would have played him more than 27% of the defense’s snaps last season.

Joe Mixon might be on the Eagles’ draft board

Jeffrey Lurie didn’t seem to rule out the Eagles drafting Mixon and neither did Pederson. But he did talk about the importance of character.

Pederson didn’t necessarily commit to Vinny Curry as a starter

It’s assumed Curry will start with Connor Barwin gone but the Eagles signed Chris Long this week. So who knows how the playing time will shake out for sure?

Beau Allen will get a chance to start with Bennie Logan gone

Earlier this offseason it was reported the Eagles are in talks to extend Allen’s contract. There hasn’t been much buzz about that report since then but it appears the Eagles value Big Beau.

Cutting Chase Daniel was tough

Sure, Doug.

Pederson explained what he values in running backs

Hm ... does Pederson’s description remind you of any running backs in this year’s draft?

Pederson stressed the need to be patient when it comes to addressing roster holes, such as cornerback

Wendell Smallwood doesn’t seem like the Eagles’ starting running back

Pederson didn’t know anything about Jordan Matthews trade rumors

Rather, he praised the team’s 2016 leading wide receiver.

Pederson isn’t giving up on Dorial Green-Beckham

Pederson once again mentioned how the Eagles got DGB late in the summer last year (third week of training camp) and the team is interested to see how he does this offseason.

Pederson also isn’t giving up on Nelson Agholor

Pederson is optimistic about Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s future

Sounds like the Eagles might believe they have an in-house replacement at right tackle when Jason Peters eventually retires and Lane Johnson moves over to left tackle.

Pederson explained why the Eagles kept Trey Burton

Pederson likes John Ross

The Eagles reportedly brought Ross in for a pre-draft visit. He’s also potentially one of eight wide receiver prospects the Eagles told Wentz to study this offseason.

The Eagles requested to play back-to-back road games in Los Angeles

The Eagles have to play the Rams and the Chargers on the road this season. The NFL schedule won’t be released until April but Pederson did note the team requested to play those games back to back so the Eagles won’t have to make two separate trips out to L.A. this year.

Doesn’t sound like the Eagles will add a conventional fullback

Pederson talked about being creative and using tight ends and/or offensive linemen in a fullback role. It’s worth noting the Eagles have former North Dakota State fullback Andrew Bonnet on the roster.

Without a fullback, the Eagles will never be able to win a Super Bowl now.

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