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5 Things To Know Today: August 1

Posted Aug 1, 2014

One week from today, the Eagles will be gearing up for their first preseason game in Chicago against the Bears (8 PM, 6abc). First things first, though, the Eagles have a training session on Friday at the NovaCare Complex before Sunday's Open Practice at Lincoln Financial Field. Here's the 5 Things To Know Today for August 1 ...

1. McCoy Lighter, Feeling More Explosive

Running back LeSean McCoy tipped the scales at 215 pounds last season during his record-breaking campaign. He wanted to bulk up and play at that weight to prepare for the wear-and-tear of the season. However, McCoy decided to cut on a dime going into 2014. With the amount of work he's getting in the Eagles' offense, McCoy wanted to be lighter. He turned on some of his old highlight tapes and gushed at how explosive he was. McCoy tweaked his diet and is down to 209, 210 pounds now. "I feel a lot quicker," McCoy said. "I'm making those plays again where I'm leaving guys diving."

2. A Summer Vacation To Remember

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's son, Kyle, is one of a number of coach's sons who is helping out the equipment staff during this year's Training Camp. But it's been difficult to avoid noticing the younger Shurmur's arm when passing footballs to keep drills moving. There's a pretty good reason for that. Shurmur is about to be a senior at La Salle College High School and last year he set the city record for touchdown passes in a playoff game with five in a 35-0 win. It was Shurmur's first playoff game as La Salle reached the finals of the Catholic League.

"It's been great. It's been really great. I think it helps these guys grow," said Pat Shurmur. "It helps give them confidence when they're hanging around these highly competitive players that when they look at them they say, 'Hey, this is just a regular guy,' and I think that's been great. You've got Carter Musgrave out here, and Jake Stoutland, and Danny Williams. Kyle and Danny have been friends forever, and Danny's going to be going to Stevenson College here in a couple weeks to play baseball and football. I think it helps our guys grow up, and it's really fun to be at work and have them around."

Kyle Shurmur has already committed to Vanderbilt and sought advice from former Commodores Jordan Matthews and Carey Spear. "Just being able to throw to these guys is fun," he said. "It's a privilege to be out here. I've been blessed to be a part of a football family."

3. Brent Celek: Most Depth We've Had At Tight End

Tight end Brent Celek is entering his eighth season with the Eagles. When he looks at the depth chart at his position group, he knows this is the best set of tight ends that he’s played with. "For sure," said Celek. "Just watching on film, seeing not only how James (Casey) and Zach (Ertz) and Emil (Igwenagu), but the two younger guys and the things they're doing. How they're improving. It's exciting to see. I want the best for all of the guys in the tight end room. I want us to have the best group in the NFL. We just have to continue to work. I think those guys are doing a good job."

4. Attending Sunday's Open Practice: Be Clear!

If you're planning on joining thousands of Eagles fans at the Open Practice this Sunday, here is what you need to know. Parking and admission are free. The parking lots open at 9 AM. HeadHouse Plaza welcomes fans at 10 AM with a variety of fan-friendly activities including opportunities to meet Eagles alumni, chances to get an autograph from a current player, interaction with Eagles Cheerleaders, Eagles Pep Band and SWOOP, family entertainment and much more.

Fans can enter the stadium gates at 11 AM. There are no tickets. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please make sure you adhere to Lincoln Financial Field's Clear Bag policy. Click here for details.

5. A Little 'Did You Know?' About Chip Kelly

The Eagles showed a little brotherly love at Thursday's training session as the team hosted Philadelphia Flyers team president Paul Holmgren, new general manager Ron Hextall and chief operating officer Shawn Tilger. Head coach Chip Kelly's first love, it turns out, was hockey as he played in the Manchester (New Hampshire) Regional Youth Hockey Association.

Kelly will address the media during a press conference later this morning which you can watch live at 11:15 AM.

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