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5 Things To Know Today: August 14

Posted Aug 14, 2014

On the eve of their preseason battle, the Eagles and the Patriots will conduct a joint walk-through at 9:30 AM that will last roughly 90 minutes. We will preview the Eagles' second preseason game on Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity at 5 PM. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM on Friday night. The game will air not only in the Philadelphia area on 6abc, but also nationally on NFL Network. To get your day started, here are the 5 Things You Need To Know Today for August 14 ...

1. The Latest On Jeremy Maclin

For the second straight day on Wednesday, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin beat All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for a touchdown. After scoring on a 40-yard completion from quarterback Nick Foles, Maclin exited the joint practice with a hamstring injury. Following the training session, Maclin simply said that the hamstring "grabbed" on him, but "it shouldn't be a big deal." Maclin added that he's hopeful he will play Friday. After missing all of the 2013 season, Maclin returned to game action last Friday in Chicago and caught one ball for 15 yards, but displayed the ability to get open on multiple other occasions.

2. McCoy: Winning Is The Main Goal

Running back LeSean McCoy's marketing campaign to promote Bounce for Men dryer sheets included videos of him tossing what appeared to be 45-pound plates like Frisbees and running in workouts blindfolded as he begins his "Quest for 2,000 yards." Only seven players in NFL history have achieved the feat, although three have done it in the past 11 seasons (Jamal Lewis, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson). McCoy rushed for a franchise-record 1,607 yards in 2013, but more important than the Pro Bowl and All-Pro accolades was that the team enjoyed success as well.

"The main thing is winning. That's really what I want to do," he said. "That's the main goal. Last year I was successful and productive and we were still winning. The main goal is always winning. I just like to have fun with it."

3. Marcus Smith II: Climbing The Ranks?

First-round draft pick Marcus Smith II saw some reps with the No. 1 defense on both Tuesday and Wednesday in the joint practices with New England and continues to make progress learning the outside linebacker position in this defense. Smith had a strong outing in the preseason opener against Chicago and is looking for another step in the right direction against the Patriots.

“I think it’s getting a lot better. Practicing against the Patriots has helped me a lot, going against real big guys that protect (quarterback) Tom Brady,” said Smith. “I think it’s great for me.”

For the rest of the notes from Wednesday's soggy joint practice with the New England Patriots, click here.

4. The Best ... And The Worst

NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks has unveiled two lists in the past couple of days. He ranked each of the eight divisions in both offense and defense. The NFC East, led by the Eagles, was selected as the best offensive division in football over the NFC North (Packers, Lions, Bears) and AFC West (Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs).

"Factor in Eagles coach Chip Kelly's innovative offensive scheme - which seems to be inspiring the rest of the division to push the pace - and it's clear the NFC East is the epicenter of offensive football in 2014," Brooks wrote.

However, the division ranked last when it comes to the defensive side of the ball.

"The forecast remains bleak on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in Dallas, where the dismissal of DeMarcus Ware and a season-ending injury to Sean Lee have left the Cowboys without leadership or playmaking ability," wrote Brooks.

5. Not A Homecoming For Chip Kelly

Head coach Chip Kelly has deep roots in the New England region. He was born in Dover, N.H. He went to Manchester (N.H.) Central High School and played his college football at the University of New Hampshire. His first coordinator job was at New Hampshire in 1999. Kelly first met Patriots head coach Bill Belichick while coaching at New Hampshire. However, Kelly has been focused on improving his football team this week.

"We are here to kind of go to work, so you know and it's a little bit of a ways away. A couple people, a couple former players of mine at New Hampshire, I saw (Tuesday) at practice, so that part was good. But it's really a business trip for us getting ready to prepare against a really good team, giving ourselves an opportunity to test ourselves against an outstanding opponent," Kelly said. "So we are kind of looking at it from that standpoint."

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