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5 Things To Know Today: August 7

Posted Aug 7, 2014

It's the eve of the Eagles' preseason opener and later today the team will head to Chicago to prepare for Friday night's showdown with the Chicago Bears. Here are the 5 Things to Know Today for Thursday, August 7 ...

1. Complete Eagles-Bears Coverage Here

Head coach Chip Kelly said on Wednesday that the starters will play somewhere between 10-15 snaps against Chicago. Wide receiver Riley Cooper is among the injured players who will not play. Kelly said that he is not sure about Jeremy Maclin's status. The same goes for cornerback Nolan Carroll II. The Eagles-Bears game will be broadcast locally on 6abc with kickoff set for 8 PM. If you're outside the Philly market, offers Preseason Live to watch all out-of-market preseason games.

You can also follow the action here or on our app with in-game updates, photos and more. After the game, we will broadcast all of the press conferences live.

2. Who Will Shine When The Lights Go On?

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans likes the progress that he's seen out of the defense up to this point, but he fully expects a surprise or two once, as offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said, "the shiny pants go on and the lights are bright."

"You see that in practice some guys are gifted, talented athletes. They have it and you can initially see when they step out here for practice. Then, you have guys who when the lights are on, guys show up on gameday and you're like, 'Wow,'" Ryans said. "Some guys just shock you on gameday because you can't see everything out here in practice. You can't go all out and kill all of our Eagles teammates. Some guys will show up during the game and surprise a lot of people."

3. Alex Henery Prepared For Longer Extra Points

In an effort to add a little more suspense to extra points, the NFL passed a temporary rule which moves the ball from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line for the first two weeks of the preseason. Kickers will now have to make a 33-yard kick instead of a 20-yard kick to add one point on the scoreboard. Alex Henery doesn't think it will be any different even with the added yardage.

"It's still a 33-yard field goal. If you take the stats for all kickers, it's pretty high-percentage that you'll make that," Henery said. "It's one of those things that may require just a little bit more concentration, but other than that it shouldn't be too bad."

Henery has made all but one of his 117 extra point attempts in his first three NFL seasons. In the past two seasons, Henery has been successful on 15 out of 17 (88.2 percent) field goal tries from 30-39 yards.

4. Earl Wolff Ready To Feast

On this week's Eagles Insider Podcast, safety Earl Wolff joined us to discuss the progress of the defense as well as the impact that new safety Malcolm Jenkins has had on the position group. Off the field, Wolff discusses the gift that led to his college scholarship, what it was like growing up in a military family, his mother's ties to Philly and his affinity for wings.

5. Sunday: Final Open Practice At Franklin Field

The Eagles will return to their former home, Franklin Field, for the final open training session of this year's Eagles Camp this Sunday. It will be the first training session following Friday's preseason opener. Unfortunately, fans will need tickets to attend and they have all been distributed. Franklin Field, located on the University of Penn campus, played host to the Eagles from 1958-70. Prior to the start of practice at 12:15 PM, Eagles alumni will be honored on the field.

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