Doug Pederson Fine Without a Deadline Trade

Eagles coach counting on injured players to return healthy for a boost
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No deadline trade, no big deal for Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

“You look around the league and there wasn’t a whole lot going on,” said Pederson, when asked Wednesday morning about the passing of Tuesday’s trade deadline without the Eagles or any other team, really, making a big trade. “I think teams are comfortable and very confident with the guys they have, just like us. We’re excited.”

Pederson said his team should be buoyed by the return of several key players from injuries, which, in a sense, would be like making a trade deadline deal.

“The number one thing is we’re getting guys back, we’re getting guys healthy here quickly and it goes into a lot of the (trade) decisions,” said Pederson. “I feel really good about where we are as a team and what we have coming down the pike.”

One of those key players who could see a return the field in Sunday against the Chicago Bears is receiver DeSean Jackson, who hasn’t played since getting a handful of snaps in Week Two’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

“DeSean’s been looking really good, working really hard through his rehab,” said Pederson. “I expect to get him into practice a little bit today and see where he’s at physically. I’m optimistic. We’ll take it day-by-day.”

Is the return of Jackson, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and cornerbacks Avonte Maddox and Cre’Von LeBlanc over the next couple of weeks be enough to win the NFC East and get into the playoffs for a third straight year?

“I don’t look that far down the road,” said Pederson. “I look at this week and try to go 1-0 this week and I feel like we have the team to do that and show confidence in our players, great week of preparation, and that’s really all we try to do every single week, is just try to win a football game.”

The Eagles didn’t make at trade on Tuesday, but made one on Monday, bringing in linebacker/defensive end Genard Avery from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2021. The draft pick has been reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen as being a fourth round selection.

Avery, who had a productive rookie season in 2018 but was active for just two games this season in Cleveland, is expected to practice for the first time with his new teammates on Wednesday.

“I’m not sure why (he wasn’t playing with the Browns),” said Pederson. “I’m not in their clubhouse, obviously, but we’re excited to add him to our roster. It gives us depth, it gives us talent. He’s a young player. He’s explosive, we’re excited to get him in and start working with our defensive line, (defensive line coach) Phillip (Daniels), start to pick up (defensive coordinator) Jim’s (Schwartz) defense and see where he can best fit our needs.”