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Doug Pederson on Jalen Ramsey trade: 'I'm happy for the Rams'

Doug Pederson on Jalen Ramsey trade: 'I'm happy for the Rams'

Doug Pederson said Wednesday he’s not disappointed the Eagles did not land Jalen Ramsey, the 24-year-old All-Pro cornerback traded Tuesday from the Jaguars to the Rams.

The Jaguars shipped two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams in exchange for Ramsey, who had, according to published reports, been a target of the Eagles since it was clear he was unhappy in Jacksonville and wanted out.

“There’s no disappointment,” Pederson said. “It’s hard to comment on that because he’s obviously not on our team, but we have a lot of respect for him — good player, I’m happy for the Rams, obviously, he’ll be a great addition, they have some corners that are banged up, traded one, so he’ll fit in well there."

The Eagles are 3-3 and coming off an 18-point loss to the Vikings in which they allowed four touchdown passes. They’ve allowed 13 TD passes this year, fifth-most in the league.

Their last Pro Bowl cornerback was Asante Samuel in 2010. They are one of six NFL teams that hasn’t had a single Pro Bowl cornerback over the last eight seasons. The other teams are the Ravens, Steelers, Raiders, Redskins and Rams.

The Eagles have been using 2017 draft picks Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones as starters. Both struggled Sunday, although Douglas has played fairly well much of the season.

When asked about the Eagles not landing Ramsey, Pederson pointed out that corners Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, who have started 28 and 22 games in an Eagles uniform, will be back soon.

Mills hasn’t played in a year because of a foot injury and Darby has been out three weeks with a hamstring injury, but both are expected to be at practice on Wednesday. There’s a chance one or both could play against the Cowboys Sunday.

“Listen, we’re getting guys back too on our team, and I’m excited about the guys we have coming back and getting in the mix,” Pederson said. “We’re starting to get healthy as well, so that’s the encouraging part from our side.”

As of now, Douglas, Darby, Jones, Craig James, Orlando Scandrick and Avonte Maddox are on the 53-man roster, and Cre'Von LeBlanc is on Injured Reserve.

There's still 13 days until the NFL trade deadline. 



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Eagle Eye podcast: Would you have done the Jalen Ramsey deal?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Would you have done the Jalen Ramsey deal?

On the latest Eagle Eye presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro answer the big question: Would you have done the deal for Jalen Ramsey? 

Without Ramsey, the guys take a look at other possible cornerback trade options. They also look at how these cornerbacks will line up and other positions of need. 

• Ramsey was expensive 
• Would you have done it? 
• The reasons for and against the deal 
• Other CBs on the trade block 
• How will the current CBs line up 
• Other players on the trade block 

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Eagles Injury Update: Jason Peters is out against Cowboys and Andre Dillard will start

Eagles Injury Update: Jason Peters is out against Cowboys and Andre Dillard will start

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on Wednesday morning said Jason Peters’ knee injury is “a little more extensive” and Peters is now “week to week.” 

That means rookie Andre Dillard will start Sunday night in Dallas. 

“It’s why we drafted him,” Pederson said. “We’ve got total confidence in Andre. I go back and think about what Big V (Halapoulivaati Vaitai) did in his first start. It wasn’t perfect, but I think about what Andre did last week in Minneapolis. It wasn’t perfect, but he’ll learn from it and he’ll get better. 

“Tremendous athlete, he’s smart, got a lot of confidence in Andre.”

After playing just 16 total offensive snaps through the first five weeks of the season, Dillard got his first extensive playing time at left tackle on Sunday in Minnesota. With Peters’ knee injury, Dillard played 47 snaps (72 percent). 

Like Pederson said, it wasn’t a great performance from the first-round pick, but a look at the tape found plenty of encouraging signs

At least this week, Dillard will get a chance to prepare to be the starter instead of coming in as the backup like he did last week. 

Against the Cowboys, Dillard will likely see a lot of Robert Quinn, but he might see some DeMarcus Lawrence too. 

A few other injury updates: 

• DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is now “day to day” but won’t practice on Wednesday. He’ll be working on a side field, but that’s progress that he’s running on land after running in the pool. 

“He’s another one that’s getting close,” Pederson said. “I feel comfortable and confident. He’s right on track, obviously, to being healthy. He becomes more day to day.”

• Ronald Darby (hamstring) and Jalen Mills (foot) will both practice this week. Pederson said they’ll see how both corners get through the week of practice.  

• It’s now been a month since Tim Jernigan suffered his foot injury in Week 2. Apparently, he’s doing better, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll return this Sunday. 

“Doing well. He’s close,” Pederson said. “No specifics, no timetable, but he’s close.”

• And down in Dallas: 



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