As the final Training Camp practice came to an end, head coach Doug Pederson made his way over to the media tent for the last time before the second preseason game. The Eagles will travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Thursday at 7 p.m. at TIAA Bank Field (Kickoff Show presented by Axalta on PhiladelphiaEagles.com at 6:30 p.m.). With the uncertainty of playing time for starters during the preseason, Pederson addressed what his plan is for the upcoming game.
“We're still working through that,” Pederson said. “The coordinators have the play-time charts. We'll put that together and discuss that later tonight probably.”
Carson Wentz had last Thursday night off, so Nate Sudfeld started at quarterback and saw nearly a full half of action in the first game before getting injured. Quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson split the rest of the time. With Sudfeld recovering from his wrist surgery, this leaves an opportunity for the other quarterbacks to see more reps. While Pederson has not made a definitive decision on who will see action against the Jaguars, he is impressed with Wentz’s practice performance.
“He's done some great things out here, obviously,” Pederson said. “I try to make the way the practices are set up in Training Camp as hard as they can be in camp and not just for him, but for everybody, and we've seen a lot of good things. He's progressing and getting better every single day. The timing and rhythm with his receivers are getting better and it's still kind of up to me to play anybody the rest of the way, but getting a lot of great work in in these practices."
Kessler's practice reps have increased in prepping for Jacksonville. He spent the 2018 season with the Jaguars and is excited to visit familiar territory. Pederson considers this game to be another great opportunity for Kessler to show what he can do for this team.
“He's still processing and working through the details of the offense,” Pederson said. “He’s working through also working with some different guys which takes a little time, but he's handled everything really well. Excited for another opportunity again this week and see his progression.”