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5 Things To Know Today: August 30

Posted Aug 30, 2014

These are anxious times for players around the league on the roster bubble. Some players will realize their dream of making an NFL team today. Many others will be forced to deal with the harsh reality that comes when they are told that they didn't make the team. The Eagles did not submit any transactions to the league on Friday. The team has to make 22 roster moves to get to the 53-player limit by 4 PM. Following the 4 PM deadline, general manager Howie Roseman will meet with the media and we'll broadcast the address live online and on our mobile app. Until then, here are the 5 Things To Know Today for August 30 ...

1. Making A List And Checking It Twice

General manager Howie Roseman and his personnel team are hunkered down at the NovaCare Complex for what will be the last opportunity to add a voluminous amount of players to the roster. The Eagles, much like they did earlier in the offseason, have crafted a "draft board" of the players who were already released and of those who are expected to be cut mixed in with street free agents.

"We've spent a lot of time on the wire right now and we'll continue to look for ways to upgrade this team," Roseman said. "As we sit here, it's a constant evaluation. It's a constant evaluation of the back of the roster. If we have opportunities to continue to add some young players that we think will help our team, we're going to look at it.

“It's an evolving process. I can't tell you the roster is going to look like that in Week 10. We're going to be constantly on the lookout. We're trying to build this team and we're trying to get players we think can be here for a long time. We're open to things that we think can make us better."

2. Maclin: Offense "Light Years" Ahead Of Last Year

The Eagles wrapped up the preseason with no projected starters suffering any long-term injuries. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is hungry to return to action after missing all of last season with a knee injury, thinks the offense is further along in its development now as compared to this time a year ago.

“I think we are light years away from where we were last year as far as installations, understanding the offense and schemes," Maclin said. "I think that’s definitely going to help us going into the season.”

The Eagles' offense finished the preseason ranked first in total yards, yards per play, points. They were also first in yards passing per game and second in yards rushing per game. This is coming off a season in which the Eagles' offense was second in total yards and fourth in points.

The difficult part for the Eagles is knowing that the some of the immense talent that helped contribute to the preseason success will not be able to make the final roster.

“It’s a good thing, having to make decisions like that goes to show the type of guys they have surrounded this organization with," Maclin said. "Unfortunately, the nature of the game and the business part that’s how it goes, everybody can’t make the team. But I think they will do the best they can to put together a solid 53."

3. Kelly: Eagles Are Headed In Right Direction

A year ago, the NFL waited to see how head coach Chip Kelly would adjust coming from the college ranks. There's no question now about how good of a coach Kelly is after he became just the second rookie head coach in league history to win a division title. Now, Kelly had the challenge of taking a good Eagles team and turning it into one of the league's best teams.

Following the preseason, Kelly feels as if the team is on the right track.

“I feel like we're headed in the right direction," he said. "I'm not a prediction guy, but I think I feel we're headed in the right direction is the best way to say it."

4. The Defense Is "Ready To Rumble"

The Eagles' defense made huge strides through the course of last season which included the stretch of nine straight games of holding opponents to 21 points or fewer. After adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and getting more comfortable in coordinator Bill Davis' scheme, the defense is ready to show how much they have improved.

"We’ve had a good Training Camp, and we’ve made leaps and bounds in a lot of areas. We’re improving every day and this week coming up we’re going to get into it," safety Nate Allen said. "The bullets are flying now, so it’s real from here on out. It’s exciting and everybody is fired up and ready to go. We’re going to take this little bit of time off and come back ready to rumble."

5. Do The Eagles Have A Look Of A Champion?

Cornerback Cary Williams is one of three players to have won a Super Bowl along with safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos. As the Eagles hope to be starting a successful season, Williams offered his thoughts as to whether this team has the same feel going into the year as the Baltimore Ravens did in 2012 when they won the Super Bowl.

"It's hard to gauge just because it's preseason games. You have to get the first one under your belt," William said. "I think we're all ready for the regular season to start. We have some great players in this locker room to come out on top in Week 1. It's just a matter of us going out there in between the white lines and getting the job done."

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