Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 27, 2019
Q: How much development have you seen in Kaden Smith since he got here to now, and in what ways has he developed?
A: Well, I think heís developed his total game. In terms of run blocking, he did a nice job last week, and heís done a nice job. Heís making plays in the passing game. He has a real good feel for playing the position and he has good football instincts, and I think thatís why heís had a chance to make an impact as a rookie.
Q: Do you have to make some roster changes with two tight ends out?
A: Yeah, we may. We may, so weíll just have to see. Itíll probably be somebody thatís out here practicing. Itís just a matter of doing the paperwork.
Q: We asked a bunch of people, I donít know if weíve asked you now that weíre getting close to the end of, what we think is the end of Eliís (Manning) time here. What was it like working with him? What did you get out of your two years with him?
A: Again, I think this is probably a better question for the end of the year. But what Iíve enjoyed about Eli is that heís a true professional. Everything you think you know about him publicly, privately heís here early, heís here late. Regardless of the role, whether he was a starter or in this case a backup, he does it to the best of his ability. Heís very smart, he helps with game planning, he has great ideas and I just enjoyed him as a person. All of the things you think you know about him, weíve been able to be around the last two years.
Q: Howís Jabrill (Peppers) doing? We saw him out here today. Physically, whatís he up to?
A: Heís on IR, so heís doing IR things.
Q: Is he able to run?
A: Heís moving around. Itís that little bone in his back, so that just takes some time to heal. But heís able to do some things. Heís involved in the rehab program trying to get himself right.
Q: Is it something that takes him long into the offseason or is it something that should be fine in a month or two or somewhere in that range?
A: I donít know. I canít tell you that but heís moving around. Heís feeling a lot better now than when the injury occurred. Itís just like any broken bone. It just takes a little time to heal. But yeah, to answer your question, heís doing well. Iíve enjoyed him being around behind the scenes. He has a great spirit for this game and heís looking forward to getting back healthy.
Q: Daniel (Jones) has a chance, an outside chance but a chance at the rookie touchdown pass record, which was actually Baker Mayfield set last year. Why do you think rookie quarterbacks are having so much more success now than they were maybe when you first came into the league?
A: I donít know if they are in total. I think you probably have to look at each individual rookie, the situation heís presented with and how many games he plays. In the case of Daniel, heís very smart. We drafted him for a reason. Heís very smart, heís very talented and he improves every time heís out there. Thatís, in his situation, why heís had some really good games.
Q: What are you expecting from the atmosphere Sunday? Itís obviously a big game for them. For Eagles fans, itís kind of a quick ride down.
A: I donít know what to expect. I expect our fans are going to be there, ready to go and we want to put a winning performance on the field.
Q: How much is this team looking forward to spoiling the Eaglesí party to get into the playoffs?
A: I think our mindset is to go out and win our last game. We know that this is our last game and weíre trying to do what we can to go out and win it. What happens beyond that, after that, weíll just see what happens.