The Eagles held a padded practice on Thursday, according to multiple players.
Team had a full-pads practice on Thursday and that’s fine with @brandongraham55: “It felt good. We went out there and had a good practice. I think we needed it today. We know the only way to get out of this is to win.” pic.twitter.com/aDyAbb1LaX— Dave Spadaro (@EaglesInsider) December 5, 2019
Why is this significant? Well, teams usually aren’t practicing in pads in December given how everyone’s bodies are so beaten up by Week 14.
This isn’t the first time in the Doug Pederson era that the Eagles have brought out the pads late in the season. Players requested padded practices during the Eagles’ first-round playoff bye back in January 2018. The team didn’t look so sharp towards the end of the 2017 regular season and they wanted to increase the practice intensity. That team would obviously go on to win the Super Bowl.
Therefore, the Eagles are about to go on another Super Bowl run this season. Book it.
Seriously, though, I guess it can’t hurt to change things up ahead of a must-win game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.
Then again, I’m reminded of how Pederson previously made a change for the sake of change when he decided to receive the opening kickoff — as opposed to normally deferring — against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7. The Eagles quickly turned the ball over and went down 14-0 in that matchup.
Little gimmicks like this can ultimately only change so much. But the Eagles are desperately looking for a spark after losing three straight after the bye week, so, why not?
Challenge came during tm meeting. “When are my leaders going to step up,” he said, per Brandon Graham, but in a tone that was well-received.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) December 5, 2019