With Carroll concussed, Pederson considers options
PHILADELPHIA >> Nolan Carroll remained in concussion protocol Monday, a day after the Eagles’ 24-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
While the Birds’ starting cornerback can be cleared to resume playing at any time, Doug Pederson already has begun to consider alternate plans.
“Obviously, Jalen Mills has done a great job in that position,” he said. “And C.J. (Smith) possibly has the most experience or at least the most reps playing at that corner position.”
The Eagles also have Aaron Grymes available.
“He’s only been active a week, so we got to keep bringing him along with some more reps,” Pederson said.
With Carroll’s situation, and with the recent hamstring troubles of Leodis McKelvin, the Eagles could be challenged on the corner when they visit the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. However, Pederson does not anticipate making a personnel move.
“Not at this time, no,” the head coach said. “And it’s too early in the week to make that decision. That’s one of those things we’ll see later in the week as they progress.” In the age of analytics, where sports success can be claimed through multiple measurables, Pederson has one way to judge his defense. One. “That we have one point more than them at the end of the game,” said Pederson, generating laughter. “And I think Jim Schwartz feels the same way. If we just go out and execute the game plan and do our jobs, things kind of take care of themselves.”
So far this season at the Linc, among other successes, the Birds have taken care of marquee quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Bradford and Matt Ryan.
“We knew about Atlanta,” Pederson said. “We knew the explosiveness they have on offense. We knew the explosiveness that Pittsburgh had. We knew the firepower that Minnesota was bringing and the defense they had. It’s just a matter of our guys embracing the game plan for that week.” The Eagles remain disappointed that the hit to the helmet that Jordan Matthews absorbed Sunday from the Falcons’ Keanu Neal was not ruled a penalty.
Pederson, however, did not immediately complain to the NFL.
“Not yet,” he said Monday, when asked if he’d had communication with the league. “Not yet.”
His mood, however, suggested that he could continue the conversation.
“We talk about player safety being of No. 1 importance,” he said. “I’m not going to get into a bunch of it here, but a defenseless receiver trying to make a play happens so fast.
“Listen, the officials are working extremely hard every week. They pride themselves in doing the right thing. And they don’t want to be the reason for wins and losses.
“So there are things there, but by no means can we let it affect us, obviously. I need to probably be a little cooler in those situations. But you’re also looking out for and protecting your player.” NOTES >> Terrence Brooks was deactivated Sunday and was “still nursing” a hamstring injury Monday, Pederson said … Allen Barbre (hamstring) will practice this week, as will Brent Celek (rib), Destiny Vaeao (calf contusion) and Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) …. Jason Kelce sustained a quad contusion against Atlanta but should be fine, Pederson said … Though sore, Bennie Logan (groin) played Sunday and should be fine. McKelvin (hamstring) will practice this week … The Eagles will be off Tuesday and return to practice Wednesday ... The Birds added tight end Marcel Jensen to their practice squad. Since going undrafted in 2014, the Fresno State product has been through the Jacksonville, Danve, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago and Washington orgznizations. He played in one game for the Redskins in 2015, and one for the Jags in 2014.
Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll (23), shown being carted off the field during a game last season, suffered a concussion in Sunday’s win over Atlanta.