Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson talks with quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during the second quarter an NFL football matchup Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Tennessee Titans 34-14. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Jaguars HC Doug Pederson adds son, TE Josh Pederson, to roster

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson added his kid to the active roster before “Monday Night Football.”

Tight end Josh Pederson was elevated from the practice squad to the game-day roster by Jacksonville hours before the Jaguars took on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Josh Pederson was signed to the practice squad Aug. 31 and has never played in an NFL game.

He played 10 games in the USFL in 2022, collecting 25 receptions for 325 yards, and was an All-Sun Belt tight end at Louisiana-Monroe.

Jacksonville is Josh Pederson’s fourth NFL team. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2021 but was waived before the start of the season.

He has also spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls a play during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-3. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Doug Pederson: Jags’ offense limited by ailing QB Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said one of the reasons the offense has struggled this season is because of quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s knee injury.

“One of the things that we haven’t been able to do because of Trevor’s condition with his knee is just move him a little bit more,” Pederson told reporters Wednesday. “Sometimes, you can create things off of that. He’s been limited that way.

“Play-action pass can be an opportunity to shoot the ball down the field on first or second down, the screen game you’ve seen hit a little bit. Those are ways to create some explosives. Sometimes, just drop back and throw it. Just run past and use your speed on the perimeter. Try to take advantage of that while you’re seeing teams do it in different ways.”

Lawrence, 24, hasn’t missed a game since injuring his knee in a Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and hasn’t appeared on the Jaguars’ injury report since Week 9.

In last Sunday’s 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Jaguars totaled just 221 yards and allowed the 49ers to sack Lawrence five times.

Lawrence, who has completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,120 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games, also has six interceptions after throwing just eight last season.

“It’s feeling better,” Lawrence said this week of his knee. “It’s finally getting to where I’m not going to really think about it as much and won’t be as much as an issue. I feel like I’m starting to move pretty fluid and it’s not bothering when I do much. Obviously, it’s still a little bit here or there, it’ll get aggravated.

“But that’s a good question, I’m starting to feel comfortable and I’m happy about that with the progress I’ve made. We’ve been able to protect it the last few weeks and I’m excited to hopefully finally get going and just play normal, move around, all that stuff.”

The AFC South-leading Jaguars (6-3) host the Tennessee Titans (3-6) on Sunday.

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Jacksonville Jaguars center Tyler Shatley (69) talks with players and coaches during Monday morning's offseason camp session. Rookies and veterans gathered at TIAA Bank Field Monday, May 22, 2023 for the start of the Jacksonville Jaguars offseason camp. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Jaguars OL Tyler Shatley returns after heart scare

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Tyler Shatley had an abnormal heartbeat after a practice earlier this week but is doing well, head coach Doug Pederson said Saturday.

Shatley went through an incident of atrial fibrillation on Wednesday but will be back at practice on a limited basis on Saturday.

Atrial fibrillation, referred to as Afib, is an irregular heart rhythm that starts in heart’s upper chambers, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Pederson said Shatley received immediate medical attention.

“He’s fine, he’s OK, everything’s calmed down,” the coach said.

Shatley was expected to be in uniform at practice Saturday but will work on the side until he is fully cleared by doctors.

“From a health standpoint, he’s good,” Pederson said.

Shatley, 32, has been working with the first-team offensive line in training camp.

Entering his 10th NFL season, Shatley played in all 17 games in 2022, starting 12. He has 45 starts in 128 career games, all in Jacksonville.

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Sep 21, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Louisiana Monroe Warhawks tight end Josh Pederson (86) and Louisiana Monroe Warhawks running back Josh Johnson (8) celebrate after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars sign TE Josh Pederson, coach’s son

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed a tight end with ties to the franchise on Monday — Josh Pederson, the son of head coach Doug Pederson.

In a corresponding move, Jacksonville waived/injured undrafted rookie TE Leonard Taylor.

The younger Pederson appeared in all 10 games for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers this season. He caught 24 passes for 325 yards.

Pederson was an All-Sun Belt first team selection in 2019 when he caught 43 passes for 567 yards and nine touchdowns for Louisiana-Monroe. In his college career, he had 99 receptions for 1,191 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Pederson spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints in 2021 and the Kansas City Chiefs last season but has yet to appear in a game.

Pederson, 25, likely is a long shot to make the Week 1 roster, but he and his dad will join an exclusive group of fathers coaching sons, at least in the preseason.

Among the pairs to have done so are Felipe and Moises Alou, Yogi and Dale Berra, Cal Ripken Sr. and Jr., and Connie Mack and Earle Mack in Major League Baseball. Doc Rivers coached his son, Austin, in the NBA.

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan on the field before the start of Sunday's game against Buffalo. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Buffalo Bills at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL, Sunday, November 7, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars owner pauses search for executive VP

The Jacksonville Jaguars pressed the pause button on a search for an executive vice president to oversee the football operation.

Team owner Shad Khan explained that he doesn’t want to impede the recent progress made by new head coach Doug Pederson and general manager Trent Baalke.

“I am pausing on the consideration of introducing an executive vice president of football,” Khan said in a statement. “In just over three weeks, Doug Pederson has instilled a structured and disciplined approach that is clearly making a difference in our culture and mindset.

“I feel we’re best served at this time by allowing Doug, Trent and their assistants to take ownership of our path forward. We will continue to explore the addition of personnel to other areas of our football operations to provide everyone the best chance to win.”

The Jaguars hired Pederson, 54, on Feb. 3. He previously coached the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons, producing a 42-37-1 record from 2016-20 highlighted by a victory in Super Bowl LII.

Jacksonville finished 3-14 last season under former coach Urban Meyer (2-11) and interim coach Darrell Bevell. The Jaguars have made the playoffs only once (2017 season) in the past 14 seasons.

Some fans in the region were not supportive of the decision to retain Baalke to the extent they attended the team’s regular-season finale in clown masks as a form of protest.

NFL Network reported Khan was set to hire former Jaguars first-round pick Byron Leftwich away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Leftwich demanded say in hiring a new general manager.

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Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy after a victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jaguars interviewing Doug Pederson on Thursday

The Jacksonville Jaguars will interview former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on Thursday, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Pederson, who guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl LII championship, will be the first candidate interviewed for the vacancy since Urban Meyer was fired on Dec. 16.

Pederson, 53, reached the playoffs three times in five seasons with the Eagles and posted a 42-37-1 overall record before being fired on Jan. 11, 2021.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles are among other reported candidates for the job, as are Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Jaguars interim coach Darrell Bevell is reportedly also under consideration.

Jacksonville (2-13) brings a seven-game losing streak into Sunday’s game at the New England Patriots (9-6).

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Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles to name Nick Sirianni as head coach

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to name Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Sirianni, 39, has served as the offensive coordinator with the Colts for the last three seasons. He spent five seasons as an assistant with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2013-17) and four with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-12).

Indianapolis went 11-5 during the 2020 regular season and lost 27-24 to the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. Sirianni’s offense ranked ninth in the NFL in scoring and 10th in total offense (11th in passing, 11th in rushing).

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson earlier this month after a five-year run that included a 42-37-1 record and Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl championship. Since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, however, the Eagles are 22-25-1.

Philadelphia’s offense ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (334.6), 26th in scoring (20.9 points) and 28th in passing yards (207.9). Pederson removed Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback after 12 games and replaced him with rookie Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles are looking for a coach who can help Wentz bounce back from a disappointing season.

Sirianni was the Chargers’ quarterbacks coach from 2014-15 and the Chiefs’ assistant QBs coach in 2010.

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Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Pederson ‘leaning toward’ a year off from coaching

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he is likely to take a year off from coaching.

Pederson was fired last week after a tumultuous season in Philadelphia, his fifth as head coach of the Eagles. Pederson posted a 46-39-1 record with the Eagles, including the postseason, and won the franchise’s first Super Bowl after the 2017 season. The team stumbled to a 4-11-1 mark in 2020.

Pederson reportedly spoke with the Seattle Seahawks last weekend about their offensive coordinator opening, but Pederson told the Inquirer on Tuesday night that he’s “leaning toward taking the next year off and preparing for next season.”

Every head coaching vacancy has been filled, save for the Houston Texans and Eagles.

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Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson celebrates with owner Jeffrey Lurie after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Doug Pederson’s future uncertain in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is set to meet with team owner Jeffrey Lurie again this week to discuss his future, ESPN reported Sunday.

Despite missing the playoffs, Pederson had expressed confidence he’d return to coach the Eagles in 2021. But ESPN said Pederson’s scheduled meeting last Tuesday with Lurie “did not go well.”

Lurie reportedly has concerns that include Pederson’s plan to fix an offense that underperformed in 2020, the future at the quarterback position and the makeup of the coaching staff. The contracts of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg expired, and they will not be returning.

The Eagles’ offense ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (334.6), 26th in scoring (20.9 points) and 28th in passing yards (207.9). Pederson removed Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback after 12 games and replaced him with rookie Jalen Hurts.

Pederson led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history after the 2017 season, and he has a record of 42-37-1 in five seasons with the Eagles. Since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, however, the Eagles are 22-25-1.

Before the season-ending loss to the Washington Football Team that featured questionable coaching moves, Pederson said that he was sure he’d be back.

“I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021,” Pederson said. “The thing I’m most proud of this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I’ve been here and that’s pretty good.”

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Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) takes the handoff from quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Sanders: No players liked QB switch

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders said he wasn’t a fan of the team’s decision to bench quarterback Jalen Hurts during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s season finale against the Washington Football Team.

Sanders also said he wasn’t alone.

“If I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody,” Sanders said Tuesday on 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia. “That’s all I can say, really. I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision. All I know is that a lot of people on the team were confused.”

Sanders said he didn’t know whose decision it was to insert third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the game. The Eagles trailed by three points at the time and ultimately dropped a 20-14 decision to Washington.

Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said that he planned to get Sudfeld some snaps in the season finale, although others were quick to point that the Eagles benefitted by losing that game. They landed the No. 6 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

On Monday, New York Giants coach Joe Judge voiced his displeasure with the decision that played a role in his team being excluded from the playoffs. The Giants (6-10) would have captured the NFC East had the Eagles won on Sunday night.

“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants,” Judge said.

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