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Pederson Says Maclin Not In Eagles' Plans

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Head coach Doug Pederson was asked Thursday morning whether or not the Eagles have interest in signing free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was a first-round pick of the Eagles in 2009 and spent his first five seasons in the league in Philadelphia.

Pederson's response was simply, "at this time, no."

Why?

Pederson said that the Eagles "love the guys that we have" and want to see how the young players handle the workload.

Here are some other takeaways from the press conference.

1. Who Has Shined During OTAs?

Pederson was asked who has caught his eye during the three weeks of Organized Team Activities. Here's who he listed:

  • CB Rasul Douglas has "made some strides."
  • RB Donnel Pumphrey's ability to be moved around the formation.
  • DE Derek Barnett is "going to be a good player for us."
  • WR Alshon Jeffery, specifically Pederson noted, in the red zone.
  • OTs Lane Johnson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai "have really stood out."

2. No Reason To Be Worried About Jernigan, Matthews

Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan sprained his ankle on Monday, but will return to action today. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is still sidelined with knee tendinitis, but Pederson said that "he'll be fine heading into Training Camp." There is a chance that Matthews will participate in next week's mandatory minicamp.

3. Expect Pederson To Remain Aggressive

Pederson was asked whether or not he will continue to make gutsy coaching decisions, such as going for it on fourth down, like he did in his rookie year as a head coach.

The answer is yes.

"That's who I am, without sacrificing the team or putting the team in bad situations," he said.

4. Joint Practices With The Dolphins

Ahead of the third preseason game, the Eagles will host a series of joint practices with the Miami Dolphins.

"Why not?" Pederson said.

Pederson added that he has a good relationship with Miami head coach Adam Gase. He also said that at that point of Training Camp it is good to compete against other players after seeing the same man across from you for weeks.

5. Can Blount Be Used In Passing Situations?

LeGarrette Blount has only 46 career receptions, but Pederson said that he is "very comfortable" putting Blount in passing situations. Pederson spent a good amount of time Thursday explaining the value of having running backs who can be threats both as runners and receivers.

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