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Here’s what he had to say:On Golden Tate
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Here’s what he had to say:On Golden Tate

The Eagles are getting back to work after a much-needed break through Week 9 Youth Corey Graham Jersey , and that includes offensive coordinator Mike Groh spending some time talking to reporters on Monday afternoon.He spent the majority of the time talking about Golden Tate and what he brings to the offense, as well as what it means for the guys on IR who might be hoping to get back this season. He went on to say that Tate is a veteran player whose played in different systems, which should help him associate things the Eagles are doing with things he’s familiar with.The OC talked about how the coaching staff has looked over his tape from the past few years, and are trying to set a foundation of things Tate knows and does well, and then build from there.He was asked how Tate would fit into the receiver-heavy offense, and whether adding another weapon at that spot was indicative of a greater trend throughout the NFL. Groh noted you want to have as many weapons as you can, and spreading people out forces opposing defenses to figure out how they want cover.He also said that they believe Tate’s skill set is very complimentary with the guys they had on roster, and that the coaches just have to work him into what they’re doing.Groh was then asked what Tate does well. He pointed out that Tate is very competitive and he’s got excellent play strength, and said we’re all aware of his stats after he gets the ball in his hands and they are excited about the dimension he brings to the Eagles offense.Groh also talked about the balance between trying to get Tate going with the offense as quickly as they can, while also trying not to overload him. He said that they can’t spoon-feed him all the way, but they do need him to play fast when he gets in there, but they’ll rely on Tate to let them know when he can take on more.The OC was asked how Tate’s skills compliment and/or mirror Nelson Agholor, and Groh pointed out that they are both dynamic players — of which you want as many as you can get on the field. But while they do have similar things they do well, he sees them having different types of games. He went on to say that’s what the coaches are working on now, is how to put that all together.He later talked about Tate’s success against Dallas earlier this season, but said they’d be watching the Detroit-Dallas tape regardless to prepare for Sunday’s game, so they won’t be running certain plays just because they worked for Tate a few weeks ago.Groh was asked how Tate’s addition would affect some of the players they are hoping to return in the second half of the season — like Darren Sproles, Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins. He admitted that they hope to get those guys back at some point, but that they aren’t looking ahead and will cross that bridge when they get to it.He went on to say that they did talk to the guys in the locker room about adding Tate, but that one of the good things about this group is that the most important thing is to win. He noted that they all can see that Tate is a good player and can bring something to help them achieve their goals — rather than be focused on if that means fewer targets their way.On the running backsOne of the non-Golden Tate questions for Groh was regarding Corey Clement only having 12 carries the past three games and whether it was injury or play related. Groh admitted sometimes that’s just football — sometimes it’s the luck of the draw with whether rushers are able to break tackle or find a hole to advance.Groh went on to say though, that Clement is doing everything that the coaches are asking of him, and that he’s a big part of the special teams unit and has been contributing there. He went on to say that he doesn’t see a guy whose struggling, but just hasn’t had the kind of breakout game they hope he’ll have.Later he was asked about Josh Adams’ performance against the Jaguars Youth Chris Long Jersey , and Groh said that he did a lot of good things, but that he does need to protect the ball better. He went on to say that Adams has good size and runs downhill and is able to make guys miss — which is impressive for a guy over six feet — and also noted that Adams has good hands out of the backfield, and has been on his assignments from a protection standpoint.On confidence in Big VGroh didn’t hesitate to say he’s got a lot of confidence in Big V, noting that he went in for them last game and played really well for them. He went on to celebrate all the other guys who either came in due to injuries or moved around the line when Lane Johnson (and briefly Jason Peters) went out. So overall, that’s a group he has a lot of confidence in as a whole.[Image: nike_eagles_1345.jpg]
On Dallas prepGroh noted that the Cowboys defense has done a good job keeping points down, and that they have a few guys up front who can create some pressure, particularly on the edges with their defensive lines, and have quick linebackers. The Eagles are back to work on Wednesday and are shifting their focus toward a tough road matchup against the Saints on Sunday. Head coach Doug Pederson spoke to reporters before taking the field, and talked about their focus heading into the weekend and specific things the team needs to work on moving forward.Here’s what the head coach had to say:Injury and Personnel UpdatesPederson noted that Sidney Jones is still day-to-day and that they’d re-evaluate things at the end of practice on Wednesday and see where he’s at — but he will participate in practice. If he is ready to go, the head coach said Jones would line up both inside and outside, while pointing out that Avonte Maddox will probably continue to work in the nickel and they’ll ease Jones back in.Timmy Jernigan will be back on the practice field this week and will take on a little bit more, but he’s still day-to-day and while they are optimistic he might be ready to play on Sunday, Pederson didn’t appear too confident in that possibility.The head coach was asked if the team had learned anything about the players on IR after designating tight end Richard Rodgers to return. Pederson noted that Joshua Perkins had a knee injury and will miss substantial time. On whether Rodgers would be ready to play against the Saints, again Pederson said they were optimistic but that it’s day-to-day.(Are you sensing the trend yet?)Later, he was asked what his expectations for Darren Sproles were this week and — after Pederson shook off a surprised look — said that he’s just going to continue rehabbing and get healthy.On the state of the teamPederson said he feels really good about the guys. He went on to say that he spoke to the leadership committee earlier on Wednesday and asked them their thoughts on how the team was feeling and how they are handling being 4-5 on the season. The committee admitted that they are all disappointed, obviously, in their performance in a division game, but they are eager to get back on the practice field.He went on to say that the team is excited about what’s ahead of them, and that they understand the need for urgency in practice. He clarified though that it’s not a panic or anything, but just a sense of urgency in knowing what their jobs are and doing it collectively, and that they just need to take things one play at a time.Summed up though, he feels like the guys are in a good place, and are positive about moving forward. Later on he listed off some signs he looks for to indicate this, and he included that the guys are showing up on time, and are actively participating in practice , as well as how and when they are communicating.Pederson went on to say that the team understands where they are, and quite frankly, they dug themselves a hole that they need to climb their way out of.He also talked about what he expects from the veterans on the team, and Pederson explained that helping the young guys is a big thing. And not just telling them what they are doing wrong or right, but also getting them out on the field and showing them by example ways they can improve their games.On what they need to fixRight now, the focus for the team is finishing plays late in the game, whether it’s the offense executing a game-winning drive or the defense getting an offense off the field. Pederson said he pointed these issues out to the guys, and how important that particular part is to a win or loss, citing the Jacksonville win and Dallas loss as examples.Pederson admitted that there’s a lot of frustration around where the team is right now, but said that they are so close. He went on to say that if you look at their output and production on offense, it’s very similar to what they were doing last year. The difference is: 1) creating turnovers on defense, and 2) scoring in the red zone.He said those two things are kind of staring the team in the face, because most of the other things are close to what they were doing a year ago. They need to finish better and score more points.It was later pointed out that early in the season, the coaches were calling on self-inflicted mistakes as the reason for some of the losses and sloppy play, but that against the Cowboys, there weren’t any penalties. He said all those things contribute to scoring points and finishing strong, but that all the other areas he noted that need improvement are part of that overall picture as well.On Golden Tate and the offenseHe talked about Tate being in late against Dallas, even during the uptempo offense, and Pederson said they had worked out a couple late-game plays that he was included in. (In reference to Pederson’s comments on Monday that Tate’s lack of targets was because they switched to their uptempo offense early, which Tate was still learning the lingo for.)On Saints prepPederson called the New Orleans defense multiple, they give a lot of coverages and are good at defending against the run. Those stats might be a little skewed since their offense is scoring at an astronomical rate, so other teams are having to pass more than they run. He said they’ve got a good third down defense, including some familiar faces like Kurt Coleman and Eli Apple, and Pederson also touted Cam Jordan as a “tremendous” pass rusher and can line up anywhere on the line.
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