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5 Things To Know Today: August 17

Posted Aug 17, 2014

The Eagles are back at the NovaCare Complex on Sunday for the team's first training session since Friday's preseason game against New England. The Eagles will get used to being at home as their final two preseason games and first regular season game are all at Lincoln Financial Field.

Head coach Chip Kelly reviewed the film from the Patriots game and will discuss what he saw when he addresses the media at 11:20 AM. Following the training session, quarterback Nick Foles and linebacker DeMeco Ryans will host press conferences. All three will broadcast live here on PhiladelphiaEagles.com or on our mobile app. With the preseason halfway done, here's a look at five key dates that are approaching on the Eagles' calendar ...

1. Thursday, August 21 - Steelers At Eagles

It's the critical third preseason game as this contest will serve as the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season with the most playing time for the starters. It will also be the fans' first chance to experience the newly revitalized Lincoln Financial Field in game action.

2. Tuesday, August 26 - First Roster Cutdown

The Eagles must reduce the roster from 90 to 75 by 4 PM.

3. Thursday, August 28 - Jets At Eagles

The backups will fight for roster spots in the nearly annual preseason finale against the Jets. In addition to seeing players battle for their football lives, there are some intriguing storylines. One of them is the backup quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez goes against his former team, as does new Jets quarterback Michael Vick.

4. Saturday, August 30 - Final Roster Cutdown

Just two days after the final preseason game, the Eagles must reduce the roster from 75 to 53 by 4 PM.

5. Sunday, September 7 - Jaguars At Eagles

It's time to put the preseason in the past as the regular season kicks off against Jacksonville at Lincoln Financial Field. Even though there's not much history between the two teams, the Jaguars are a team on the rise with second-year head coach Gus Bradley, who nearly became the Eagles' head coach, and a stout defense.

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