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5 Things To Know Today: August 20

Posted Aug 20, 2014

On the eve of the first home preseason game, there are a plethora of news and notes to dive into. Here are the 5 Things To Know Today for Wednesday, August 20 ...

1. Eagles Trade For RB Kenjon Barner

On Tuesday night, the Eagles consummated a trade to acquire running back/returner Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick next year. Barner thrived under head coach Chip Kelly's guidance at Oregon.  The 5-foot-9, 185-pound finished his collegiate career ranked second in school history in rushing yards (3,623) and tied for second with 41 rushing touchdowns. As a senior in 2012, Barner earned first-team All-America honors by rushing for 1,767 yards (second most in school history) and 21 touchdowns (tied for most ever in school history). Barner was a sixth-round pick of the Panthers last year and played in nine games, including playoffs, last season. Dave Spadaro looked at what the addition of Barner means for the depth of the running back position. The Eagles face the Steelers on Thursday and Chris Polk said on Tuesday that he is out with a hamstring injury, while David Fluellen and Matthew Tucker are nursing injuries as well. From a returner standpoint, wide receiver Josh Huff is out with a shoulder sprain.

2. Jordan Matthews' Secret To Success

Wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell said that rookie Jordan Matthews prepares and handles himself like "a true pro," which he believes is the highest compliment you can give a player.

Matthews has shined all throughout Training Camp and delivered a monster performance in the game against New England with nine catches for 104 yards. In his sit-down interview on Tuesday's Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity, Matthews explained how he's dealt with the attention off the field.

"I've always taken little keys that my parents have taught me. I grew up in a very spiritual household. They said just always be humble. If you start getting out of that comfort zone and that level-headedness then that's when things will start to go bad," Matthews said. "They always say stay humble in all of your interviews, always put the team first and move forward."

And staying true to form, the next question was what Matthews thought of his performance in New England. He responded by praising the quarterback play first.

3. Make Sure To Print Your Tickets

The Eagles are exclusively using electronic ticketing, including both a print-at-home option and smart phone integration this season. The electronic tickets will provide added features and conveniences. By downloading tickets to your smart phone, they can no longer be misplaced, stolen, or left at home. In addition, you will have the ability to e-mail tickets directly to family and friends at any time. For step-by-step instructions on how to print, download or manage tickets, visit our FAQ page.

4. Eagles Accept The Ice Bucket Challenge

The Eagles teamed up on Tuesday to help raise awareness for ALS by accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge. Over $20 million has been raised to help find a cure for the disease which afflicts former Eagles fullback Kevin Turner and has claimed the lives of many others including former Eagles sportswriter Larry O'Rourke. The Eagles enlisted the help of a big pool and bulldozers to get everyone from president Don Smolenski, general manager Howie Roseman, head coach Chip Kelly and players involved. Kelly was challenged by rival head coach Jason Garrett of the Cowboys, linebacker Connor Barwin, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.

5. Eagles Believe In Dragons

The Taney Dragons that is. The Eagles posed for a group photo sporting T-shirts and hats representing Taney Youth Baseball, the South Philadelphia team that is in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Taney has won their first two games and will earn a win in the U.S. Championship Game with a win tonight over Nevada.

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