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5 Things To Know Today: August 19

Posted Aug 19, 2014

It's a short week for the Eagles as Thursday's preseason home opener with the Pittsburgh Steelers is quickly approaching. Head coach Chip Kelly will address the media one final time before the Battle of Pennsylvania at 11:20 AM and we'll stream it live online and on our app. Until then, here are the 5 Things To Know Today for Tuesday, August 19 ...

1. Jon Dorenbos Featured On HBO's Real Sports

The amazing story of how long snapper Jon Dorenbos overcame a childhood tragedy will be featured on tonight's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel on HBO at 9 p.m. Dave Spadaro interviewed Dorenbos on Monday to preview the feature. For those of you who don’t know the story, "A 'Brady Bunch' kind of life existed for Dorenbos before the afternoon of August 2, 1995, the day his father, Alan, violently killed his mother, Kathy, at their home in suburban Seattle, turned himself in to authorities the next day and leaving Dorenbos and his brother and sister in a broken home."

Here is an excerpt from Gumbel's interview with Dorenbos:

Gumbel: "Forgive me. Because there's no gentle way of asking this. You saw your mom's autopsy photos?"
Dorenbos: "Uh-huh. I don't think there's anything in life that'll ever be harder than that. I peeked at it. And I just closed the folder and slid it away."
Gumbel: "You peeked. You didn't stare?"
Dorenbos: "That's all I needed. And I went out to a cliff at Puget Sound. And I remember just sittin' on the cliff. And I just screamed."

The feature delves into the role magic played in Dorenbos' life then and how he uses it to help others now. Again, you can see the full feature on Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel  tonight at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on HBO.

2. Brian Dawkins: Eagles Are Still The Hunters

Eagles Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins visited the NovaCare Complex on Sunday to take in the team's practice and stopped by in our studio to discuss this year's team. One of Dawkins' many interesting takes was that despite the team's success last season, he still considers them a hunter, not the hunted.

"If I'm on the defensive side of the ball going into this year, I'm ticked off because we had the lead (against the Saints in the Wild Card round) and then it was given away because we could not get off the football field. That stings enough for me that we are still the hunter. We're not the hunted," Dawkins said. "We're still hunting to get where we wanted to get and that's to win the Super Bowl."

3. McCoy, Maclin Return To Action

Running back LeSean McCoy revealed on Monday that he had an MRI on a sore toe that kept him out of Sunday's training session. Per McCoy, the injury has been bothering him since the week of joint practices in New England. McCoy said that he started slowly on Monday, but "felt good" as practice continued.

McCoy expects to play Thursday night against Pittsburgh along with fellow draft classmate wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was a partial participant Monday as he recovers from a hamstring injury suffered last week in New England.

“I’m feeling good. I had a chance to kind of run around, run some routes,” Maclin said. “Training Camp’s a grind. It’s like that each and every year … Missing two days all of Training Camp? I’m happy with how my body’s held up.”

4. Two Eagles Named to Preseason All-Pro Team

Can you guess which two? NFL Media's Elliot Harrison revealed his preseason All-Pro team on Monday and it should come as no surprise that the two Eagles on the list were All-Pro selections last year - running back LeSean McCoy and guard Evan Mathis. Noticeably absent is the third All-Pro from last year, tackle Jason Peters. Harrison selected Cleveland's Joe Thomas and Dallas' Tyron Smith over Peters.

5. Eagles Pleased With Fletcher Cox's Progress

Defensive end Fletcher Cox's performance has largely gone under the radar in this year's Training Camp. Coming off a season in which Cox led the team with 21 quarterback pressures, how will he perform fully immersed in the 3-4 scheme? "Fletcher's a very talented defensive lineman," said defensive coordinator Bill Davis. "He can play in any scheme. He can be a gap penetrator or a two-gapper. He's gotten much better in his two-gap than he has in the other part of it. So we're excited about Fletcher and his game and where it's going."

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