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
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2. Who Will Shine When The Lights Go On?
"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."
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.
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
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.