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Eagles ask Pederson to make this week harder

Eagles ask Pederson to make this week harder

There's a pretty big reason why the Eagles like playing for Doug Pederson. 

He listens. 

So when the Eagles' player council came to him with the suggestion they strap on the pads this week and have a tougher week of practice, Pederson obliged. It sort of fits into that emotional intelligence category. It's just the latest example of Pederson's willingness to listen and trust his players. 

"They just came to me and kind of asked if we could get back into pads," Pederson said. "I didn't ask questions, and I said, ‘Sure.’"

Without a game this weekend, the Eagles will still practice twice this week and once with pads. This comes after a week in which the Eagles had just a couple of walkthroughs and one light practice day. 

The Eagles will possibly put on pads one day next week as well. 

Several players on the offensive side of the ball seem to think tougher practices might help them out of their funk (see story). The Eagles will practice Wednesday and Thursday this week. 

Pederson noted coaches handle this bye week in the playoffs differently. Some elect to give the team the week off, some have meetings, some do walkthroughs and some practice with shells. 

During his playing days in Green Bay, Pederson remembers times when the coaches would get them in pads for a day of practice during that bye week. So when his players came to him and asked for it, he quickly gave them their wish. 

"I think they understand that there is a sense of physicality that we have to get back to," Pederson said. "I'm not saying we're not there because obviously football is a physical game, but I think there is a sense over the course of a few weeks when you've been in shells, pad level begins to rise, and intensity sometimes can be minimized.

"So you get back into pads and it sort of refocuses the guys a little bit. It's not like we're going to tackle. It's not a training camp type of practice. The fact of just having them on, banging around on one another, but still protecting each other, I think can be a nice asset for us going into our first game."

Watch Carli Lloyd hit a looong field goal after Eagles practice

Watch Carli Lloyd hit a looong field goal after Eagles practice

There are plenty of world champions on the field on a given day at the NovaCare Complex.

On Tuesday, there was one out there not wearing pads. USWNT star Carli Lloyd was out on the field while the Eagles and Ravens held joint practices. 

Lloyd, a Delran, New Jersey native and diehard Eagles fan, even got to try her hand at a couple field goals with Eagles kicker Jake Elliot and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. Lloyd enjoyed getting an inside look at the team she grew up rooting for.

“It’s great. It’s obviously something you don’t get to see very often,” Lloyd said. “You see the guys playing on a week-to-week basis, but to kind of see what goes into it all – the staff, some of the guys doing extra stuff afterwards – it’s cool. It’s different. This is when all the real stuff happens. This is what people don’t see and I was glad I can be a part of it and thanks to the Eagles for having me out.”

Spoiler alert: Carli can boot it.

Of course, this isn't the first time she's shown NFL players how it's done.

Watch Lloyd nail a long field goal and hear her thoughts on the Eagles’ Super Bowl chances in the video above. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Takeaways from Eagles’ joint practices vs. Ravens

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Eagle Eye podcast: Takeaways from Eagles’ joint practices vs. Ravens

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro give their takeaways from the practices with the Ravens and Ray Didinger stops by to talk about the preseason vs. joint practice dilemma. 

Also, the guys talk about the Eagles’ running back situation and Josh Perkins as TE3. 

And Roob and Dave pick one surprise player and one disappointment each from watching practice all summer! 

• Overall impressions from joint practices 
• A closer look at the RB position 
• Josh Perkins as TE3
• Ray Didinger on preseason vs. practice 
• Biggest surprises and disappointments from summer 

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