After a day off, the Eagles return to Lincoln Financial Field for the second Open Practice of this year's Training Camp. Get all of the details about the event and much more in our 5 Things To Know Today for Sunday, August 3 ...
1. Join Us Today For The Open Practice
If you're planning on joining thousands of Eagles fans at the Open Practice today, here is what you need to know. Parking and admission are free. The parking lots open at 9 AM. HeadHouse Plaza welcomes fans at 10 AM with a variety of fan-friendly activities including opportunities to meet Eagles alumni, chances to get an autograph from a current player, interaction with Eagles Cheerleaders, Eagles Pep Band and SWOOP, family entertainment and much more.
Fans can enter the stadium gates at 11 AM. There are no tickets. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please make sure you adhere to Lincoln Financial Field's Clear Bag policy. Click here for details.
2. Claude Humphrey Honors Dick Vermeil
Former defensive end Claude Humphrey was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. During his half-hour speech, Humphrey remembered his three seasons with the Eagles fondly as he was an instrumental part of the first-ever Eagles team to reach a Super Bowl in the 1980 season. Humphrey praised former Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil, who was in attendance to support Humphrey. "I got traded to the Eagles. I met a man who had a better work ethic than I did. I marvel at the way he went about his job. His name was Coach Dick Vermeil," Humphrey said. "This man worked tirelessly to take a football team that may not have been a great football team, but he had a bunch of young guys who really got into what he was preaching and we ended up going to a Super Bowl."
3. Strahan Recalls Rivalry With Runyan
OK, I understand Eagles fans are wondering why defensive end Michael Strahan's Hall of Fame speech is going to be mentioned here, but Strahan displayed the utmost respect for former Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan. Strahan specifically pointed out two opponents who made him better during his career and Runyan with one with former Cowboys Erik Williams as the other. Runyan was in attendance to salute his former adversary. Described by Strahan as "six-foot-nine, 350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal," Runyan made the former Giant a "student of the game."
"When you went to the Eagles from Tennessee, it made me mad because I felt like they brought you to stop me," Strahan said. "And it really, really bothered me. You made me a student to study my opponent, to learn my opponent better than they knew themselves. ... You won quite a bit of battles, man and you were the toughest guy I ever had to face on a consistent basis and you made me a much better football player."
According to Pro Football Focus, linebacker DeMeco Ryans played more snaps than any other defensive player in the league last season. The Eagles' charted Ryans as having been on the field for 1,157 of the defense's 1,201 snaps (94 percent) during the regular season. Ryans also played all 72 snaps in the Eagles' playoff game against New Orleans. Ryans thrived in the Eagles' transition to the 3-4 with arguably his best season as a pro. He set new career highs in tackles, sacks and interceptions while producing double-digit tackle in 11 of the 17 games (including playoffs). Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said that he doesn't want any of his players on the field for all of the snaps this season. Ryans is not concerned about keeping tabs on his snaps.
"I don't think about it. For me, as a player, I've always been a guy who wants to be out there every rep I can be out there on that field," Ryans said. "I'm just a competitor. That's my mindset. I don't think about the snaps and the total snaps I had throughout the season. I'm just trying to go out there and compete and play hard and win every down."
5. Watch Chip Kelly's Press Conference At 11:45 AM
Even on the team's off day, Chip Kelly was taking in some football. The head coach stopped by Lincoln Financial Field for Inter Milan's win over Roma. He'll be back at Lincoln Financial Field for the Open Practice, but before the fast-paced frenzy gets underway Kelly will address reporters to provide an update on the state of the team as the first preseason game is on the horizon. You can watch the press conference live online or on our app at 11:45 AM.