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5 Things To Know Today: July 26

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Training Camp is here and so is the return of our daily feature 5 Things To Know Today. Each morning, we'll provide you with the latest Eagles news so you're able to get your day started. Here are the 5 Things To Know Today for Saturday, July 26 ...

1. Who Will Fill In At Right Tackle?

Head coach Chip Kelly addresses the media prior to the start of the first training session this morning. You can watch it live on or on our app. One of the big questions is who will fill the void left by tackle Lane Johnson, who was suspended for the first four regular season games for violating the league's policy regarding performance-enhancing substances. Johnson expressed confidence on Friday that his teammates will be able to step up. One player to keep an eye on is veteran Allen Barbre. Last season, Barbre was the sixth man along the offensive line and filled in for Jason Peters in the win at Green Bay.

"Allen’s awesome," exclaimed quarterback Nick Foles on Friday. "He works hard every day. He’s almost like a caveman, just a big, strong, physical guy. He’s very smart. He’s a great teammate. So our line as a whole ... No matter who steps up, I feel comfortable in there."

2. Are Teams Adjusting To Chip Kelly?

Linebacker Connor Barwin went to Houston during the summer break to train with some of his former Texans teammates. He can tell the difference in how the Texans are preparing their bodies now compared to when he was with them from 2009-12.

"I think everybody's kind of got the memo. People are starting to adapt their training a little bit. People are catching on to what Chip's doing and what other people are doing in college and what people are doing successfully in this league besides Chip with all the up-tempo offense," Barwin said.

So, how does a defensive player prep for a Training Camp filled with battling against Kelly's up-tempo offense?

"You can't necessarily get yourself ready for that before camp. You have to be out on the field running those plays to get in that type of shape," Barwin added. "You just have to be physically ready to go. You've got to come in healthy. You can't be over trained coming into Training Camp. You have to be in your peak, peak state athletically. I think they do a nice job with our strength coaches kind of blocking our whole 12 months into different blocks. Most of these guys have followed that routine, I've followed that it, and we'll be ready for Chip's Training Camp."

3. The Best Training Camp Wrap-Up Show

Following each day of training at 5 PM, we'll bring you Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity. We'll have the latest news, player interviews, outside analysis and features showcasing your 2014 Philadelphia Eagles. Make sure to join us today at 5 PM today on or on our app. You can also watch the show on-demand once it airs.

4. Ross Tucker: Chip Kelly Still The Story

SiriusXM’s Ross Tucker visits Training Camp on Sunday with former NFL general manager Bill Polian as SiriusXM NFL Radio broadcasts from the NovaCare Complex from 2-5 PM, and Tucker is looking, once again, at head coach Chip Kelly commanding center stage this season.

“He was ahead of the curve last season with his approach, so what does he do to stay ahead?” said Tucker. “The NFL is trying to catch up. Defensive coordinators have spent the entire offseason studying the offense from last year. You know Chip has done the same thing. I think it’s one of the great stories in the league. People don’t have doubts about Chip making the transition from college anymore. Now they want to see just how far he can change the way things are done around the league.”

5. Lincoln Financial Field Is Ready For You

"Goosebumps" is the word president Don Smolenski used to describe the revitalized Lincoln Financial Field as he guided media on a tour to unveil the $125 million used to improve the stadium. On Monday, the Eagles host their first open practice of this year's Training Camp. Each open practice features player autographs and post-practice field access, alumni autographs and plenty of family entertainment ... oh, and some Eagles football! There are no tickets. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. HeadHouse Plaza opens at 10 AM, stadium gates open at 11 AM and practice kicks off at 12:15 PM. See you there!

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