Doug Pederson Offers Interesting Update on Eagles Starters

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson addressed the media ahead of Sunday’s season opener and provided details on the starting lineup. Some expected, some not.

Pederson confirmed what was widely speculated about the starting cornerbacks. Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones will start on the outside, with Avonte Maddox rotating in for nickel packages.

The coach offered no timeline on Jalen Mills’ return, saying only ACL injuries take time to heal. He hasn’t played since Week 7 of last year.

Andre Dillard Takes Third Tight End Spot

Rookie left tackle Andre Dillard is stuck behind Jason Peters on the depth chart. He’ll be active Sunday and will fill the role as third tight end. The Eagles don’t really utilize a No. 3 tight end, but Dillard could be called upon in goal-line situations as an extra blocker.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman has already stated the team is in the market for another tight end.

“So just because we have two on the 53, doesn’t mean that we’ll end up having two to practice or we’ll end up having two when we go play,” Roseman said. “We’ll just see what happens here in the next day or so.”

Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham Ready to Go

The Eagles confirmed that injured starters Fletcher Cox and Nigel Bradham are expected to start in Week 1. It’s kind of been the worst kept secret in Philadelphia.

Head coach Doug Pederson also shared that Ronald Darby and Brandon Brooks are a full-go against the Redskins. However, he offered no updated timetable on Kamu Grugier-Hill. The starting linebacker is expected to miss significant time as he recovers from a torn MCL.

Eagles Wish Kevin Hart Speedy Recovery

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was injured in a serious car accident Sunday in Beverly Hills. The Philly native suffered “major back injuries” and his legions of fans have been offering Hart well wishes.

The Eagles followed suit in an emotional Twitter message. Hart hilariously — and drunkenly — had to be physically restrained from holding the Lombardi Trophy after the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Hart was on the field, posing for pictures and celebrating the first championship for his hometown team.


Drunk Kevin Hart was very excited for Eagles winComedian and Eagles fan Kevin Hart was quite excited after his team won the 2018 Super Bowl on Feb. 4. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: bit.ly/2qiJ4dy Follow us: Twitter: twitter.com/washingtonpost Instagram: instagram.com/washingtonpost/ Facebook: facebook.com/washingtonpost/2018-02-05T22:02:27.000Z

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