Pederson: Eagles' offense plays to Wentz's strengths
Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton told reporters in Cleveland that the Eagles are running Carson Wentz's North Dakota State offense. That isn't literally true, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday the West Coast-type scheme he brought from Kansas City is a good fit for the rookie quarterback, who is scheduled to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Browns.
"It's funny, because really, the offense I've brought is geared to his strengths," Pederson said. "Play-action pass movement, his ability to run, throw on the run, things like that. There wasn't a lot of having to shift gears and having to favor his strengths. Everything we've done, and I've done in the past, really fits him and the type of quarterback he is."
Browns defensive lineman Carl Nassib, from West Chester and Penn State, complimented Wentz's arm and athleticism but said he had a bit of a slow release the Browns would try to take advantage of.
Asked about Wentz's release, Pederson said: "We've worked on his feet, worked on a little bit of his upper-body mechanics. We don't feel like it's a slow release. It can be long at times. He's such a long guy, it can be, like 'Colin Kaepernick long' at times. Anticipation, throwing the ball on time, can help that process, get the ball out of his hand fast. The design of the play can get the ball out of his hand fast. So it's nothing we've really spent a lot of time addressing with him, more than just working on his feet and his mechanics from his lower body."
Other tidbits from the coach's final media availability before Sunday's game:
On WR Dorial Green-Beckham's role: "He'll play Sunday. Because we got him so late in training camp, we're still kind of giving him small doses of the playbook. We're not giving him the whole thing yet. We're just still putting him in in certain packages, certain routes and runs ... keeping it small for him, until he can fully understand that. Then we can give him more information each and every week."
*WR Jordan Matthews will play inside and outside, Pederson said.
*No plans to add a 53rd player to the roster before Sunday. Sure looks like 53 is Najee Goode, whose year's salary would have been guaranteed had he been on the roster for the opener. Won't be if he comes in next week.
*Pederson said he is "still working through" the fullback position. Doesn't seem like that will figure prominently this weekend.