Here are some highlights from Eagles coach Doug Pederson's postgame press conference:

On not having tight end Zach Ertz due to injury

We wanted to utilize the tight ends. Obviously, we do every week. We've got a lot of confidence in Trey [Burton] and Brent [Celek]. And listen, they do a great job. They do a great job, and [tight ends coach] Justin Peelle does a great job of getting ready to play. We had to make some last second adjustments prior to the game, but you know what? As coaches, that's what our job is, to make those adjustments, and guys were ready to play and did a nice job.

On Jay Ajayi’s Eagles debut:

He's got some explosion, you know, explosiveness. Things we saw on film. Didn't want to give him a big workload, but at the same time wanted to get him in the game and see what he could do. He did a nice job for us. Obviously he had the long touchdown run for us in the second quarter and did some really nice things for us. We'll just keep increasing his workload as we go.

On Carson Wentz’s performance and improvement from week to week:

He improves every single week and the guys around him elevate their game. We talk about this quite a bit with great quarterbacks and good quarterbacks that make the other guys really want to play at a high level. That's what you're doing. It's a team effort, obviously, offensively. The offensive line has to protect. But he's doing a great job. He knows where everybody is going to be. He prepares so well each week. It's fun to watch him when things are really clicking like that, and to see the guys having fun doing that.

On whether the Eagles’ 8-1 start to the year is personal validation for him:

No. I mean, listen. I come to work every day, I'm the same guy. I just want to win the week. Last year was last year. It is what it is. This year is this year. We are where we are because of that group in the locker room. They're playing with a lot of confidence. They love to play together. They practice extremely well during the week and prepare themselves. They're doing the little things right, and that's what you want out of your football team.

They do that, these types of games are going to happen, and whether that's validation or not I really don't care. I'm just focused on now, this bye week, and then getting ready for Dallas.

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