Thorson vs Perez
The war for QB3 saw its first battle today, with Clayton Thorson and Luis Perez taking to rookie minicamp. What’s interesting here is that when asked what he wants to see out of Thorson, Doug Pederson said this:
“Just how well he — for us, from the quarterback position it starts in the huddle. He has to be able to get the play. [Offensive coordinator] Mike Groh gives him the play and he has to process it, call it in the huddle, get the guys to the line of scrimmage, the cadence, how well he processes the defense; if it’s a play where we have multiple options, how well he can process that.
That to me is the importance of this weekend and kind of get his feet wet. [QB] Luis [Perez] as well. Both those guys are learning our system right now.?”
It was Luis Perez who reportedly broke down the huddle (according to Zack Rosenblatt’s observations) which while may not hold much weight, is worth noting.
Miles and Duce
“This is a great opportunity for Miles. No. 1 to come in and really begin to understand I think our playbook and the terminology.” Pederson said of his shiny new running back. “The footwork may be different than what he’s used to. He’s obviously talented, and we’re excited to get him in here and going.
[Assistant head coach/running backs coach] Duce Staley is going to work with these guys every day like we’ve been doing in phase two. Once we get out of rookie camp next week, still finish up phase two and we get our rookies in with us and get to spend more time with them next week.”
It’s going to be a big offseason for Miles Sanders. We don’t know what his role will be, only that he’ll be below Jordan Howard on the depth chart to begin with. Getting valuable time with Duce Staley while Smallwood, Clement, and Adams are all still in phase two of offseason conditioning, could be really key here to getting an early leg up and catching up on all things playbook and basics, leveling the playing field ahead of OTA’s/
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