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5 Things To Know Today: August 26

Posted Aug 26, 2014

The final preseason game is only two days away as the Eagles prepare for the New York Jets. Head coach Chip Kelly will address the media at 11:20 this morning and we'll stream the press conference live online and on our mobile app. Until then, here are the 5 Things To Know Today for August 26 ...

1. Eagles Must Make A Move

All NFL teams have until 4 PM today to get to the league-mandated 75-man roster limit. The Eagles' roster currently stands at 76 after the team released 14 players over the weekend. More moves are on the horizon as the Eagles must whittle the roster to 53 before 4 PM on Saturday.

2. Mark Sanchez: I Love Being An Eagle

Following Monday's training session, a group of reporters circled around quarterback Mark Sanchez's locker to ask the 27-year-old about the speculation that the St. Louis Rams were interested in acquiring him following the season-ending injury to quarterback Sam Bradford.

Sanchez wanted no part of it as he's focused on improving as a player and helping the Eagles.

"I'm not going to deal with hypotheticals. I'm an Eagle. I love being an Eagle," Sanchez said. "That's all I'm going to say about it."

Sanchez signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in March in large part to play for head coach Chip Kelly. The decision has proven to be a prudent one for Sanchez.

"It's a great organization. I think anybody can do well here because of the culture that they built," he said. "It takes a lot of hard work. I think if anything I hit it at the right time. They worked out a lot of the kinks last year. Now there's a certain system and the way they go about things, like I said the culture they've built here is incredible. I'm happy to be a part of it."

3. Eagles Radiothon: Your Chance To Meet Chip Kelly

The annual Eagles Radiothon will hit the airwaves starting at 6 AM next Tuesday, September 2. Through this auction, fans will be able to bid on exclusive sports and entertainment prizes with many involving their favorite Eagles players and SportsRadio 94WIP personalities. All proceeds will benefit Eagles Youth Partnership’s vital health and education programs that serve over 50,000 low-income children in our community every year.

Some of the highlighted prizes include: a round of golf at Merion with Nick Foles, a meet and greet with Chip Kelly after the filming of Eagles Game Plan, watch film and have lunch with general manager Howie Roseman, a Monday Night Football viewing party at Prime Stache with Brent Celek, deep sea fishing with Brandon Boykin, bowling with Jeremy Maclin and many more.

To view the full prize list and for further information about the Eagles Radiothon, please visit

4. Arrelious Benn Cleared, Thankful To Training Staff

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn brushed it off as a "welcome-back-to-football hit." He just thought he had his "bell rung."

That wasn't the case. Benn had suffered a head injury in Thursday's win over the Steelers. The Eagles promptly took him out of the game and went through the proper testing and diagnosed Benn with a concussion. Benn admitted that he was "mad at first." The fifth-year receiver is battling for a spot on the Eagles' roster and didn't want to miss a snap. In the end, Benn knows the team made the right call.

"I just thank them for taking the precautions and caring about the players," Benn said. "They take the step of, 'Hey, your body and your mind comes first.'"

Benn was cleared to return to action Monday. He had previously suffered a concussion in Tampa Bay and understood the importance of rest and keeping out of the light. He will be on the field for the preseason finale against the Jets and is going to let his play speak for itself. After missing all of last year with a knee injury, Benn is thankful to be playing football and not worried about the depth chart.

"I never look at that. I never look at football like that," Benn said. "At the end of the day it's a business. I can't control anything about that. All I can do is stay healthy, come out here and play football and leave it at that."

5. Trent Cole: No Stopping Anytime Soon

Linebacker Trent Cole is entering his 10th NFL season. Only guard Todd Herremans can say he's a longer-tenured Eagle and that's because Herremans was selected one round earlier in the 2005 NFL Draft. Nonetheless, Cole has been a consistent force. He's missed just four games in nine seasons. He's had four years with double-digit sack totals. Last year, he transitioned to outside linebacker and still led the team in sacks with eight. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is second in franchise history in sacks and ready to get 2014 started.

"I'm not stopping anytime soon. Be ready. It's another year. I'm coming," Cole said. "I'm going to keep playing until the wheels fall off. I'm going to go as hard as I can until the wheels fall off."

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