Pederson Puts A Timetable On Fletcher Cox Deal
Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have reiterated throughout this offseason that they’ll get a deal done with Fletcher Cox at some point, but they never specified when. Before the Eagles’ first practice of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday afternoon, Pederson put a timetable on it for the first time.
“I’m fully confident that something will be done before [training] camp,” he said.
Cox and Darren Sproles, both of whom skipped voluntary workouts but reported to the NovaCare Compex yesterday, will be limited during practice this week to prevent potential injuries. Pederson added that he hasn’t spoken with Cox about why he was absent.
“We didn’t even get into it quite honestly,” Pederson said. “I was just happy he was back. I had a chance to visit with him yesterday and tell him how excited I was. I understand the voluntary process and the whole offseason, but we’re excited to get him here this week.”
Pederson also revealed how the Eagles will likely handle Carson Wentz during training camp. On the first day of the Eagles’ OTAs last month, Pederson noted that his three quarterbacks would evenly split the practice repetitions, before adding that as they got later into camp, they’d give the starter — Sam Bradford — more reps.
Now, Pederson says Wentz — and Chase Daniel — will likely split snaps evenly with Bradford through the beginning of training camp.
“His reps won’t be cut,” Pederson said of Wentz. “Right now, I’m leaning toward that going into training camp.”
The Eagles’ head coach added that what he’s doing in Philadelphia is different than how Kansas City split quarterbacks reps during the offseason. He later detailed why he thought this change in philosophy would benefit the team.
“By no means is this set in stone, but you get to that first preseason game and usually you’re playing your twos and threes. That’s just the nature of the deal. So why not give your twos and threes equal time?” he said. “You’re trying to ramp your starters up for the regular season, and so it’s nothing necessarily that those guys have done outside of we want to see what they can do. By giving (Wentz) more reps and more opportunities, it gives us that insight to where we can use him down the road.”