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Doug Pederson: 'We're Focused On Today'

Head coach Doug Pederson joked about the size of the media contingent present for Wednesday's press conference.

"Glad to see so many people for an OTA (Organized Team Activity) practice," he said.

Of course, the media wanted Pederson's reaction to the team being disinvited to the White House to celebrate the franchise's first Super Bowl win. 

"I was looking forward to going down, obviously. We did something last season that was very special. It was a milestone here in the City of Philadelphia," Pederson said. "Our organization and I were looking forward to going down and being recognized as World Champions. It is what it is. We're here today, have an OTA practice. I'm focused on these next couple of days, getting through next week and on to Training Camp. That's where we're at.

"We're focused on today. Our goal is 2018."

Pederson did not feel the need to address it with players.

"It is over. It is behind us," he said.

Instead of going to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, the Eagles held a practice at the NovaCare Complex.

"We're all about football around here," Pederson added.

On the field, quarterback Carson Wentz has increased his participation level in practice throwing in 7-on-7 drills. 

"Part of the rehab process is giving him a little more practice time," Pederson said. "One of the controlled environments that we can put him in is in 7-on-7 situations. Being able to sprinkle him in and watch him in more of an up-tempo type of practice in those situations has been good."

As he has throughout the offseason, Pederson is not putting any timeline on when Wentz or any of the other rehabbing players - linebacker Jordan Hicks, safety Chris Maragos, tackle Jason Peters - will make a full return to action.

"I'm very pleased and very encouraged with all of those guys, where they are physically right now. We're going slow. We're not pushing any of those players to get back," he said.

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