"It's something the majority of us as players always wanted – just a little change in uniform," said wide receiver DeVonta Smith, admiring his latest piece of gear.
The new digs? A sleek black helmet – the Eagles' first alternate since 2010.
With this addition, the team will complete its monochrome uniform, a capability granted after the NFL overturned a safety rule in 2021 that previously required teams to have only one color to ensure players would practice and play in the same helmet.
The Eagles will wear a brand new black alternate helmet in 2022 while waiting for the Kelly Green helmets to be ready for the 2023 season. On Friday, the team offered a glimpse of the new helmet.
"I like the shininess of the black," Smith said. "It's something different to add to the all-black (uniforms)."
It's no surprise that Smith and his teammates favor this upgraded look. Not only is it the pinnacle of both style and intimidation; black has brought a competitive edge since his arrival in Philadelphia.
The team traded their classic midnight green home jerseys for a black pants and jersey combination twice in 2021. Both times, the team defeated its opponents, outscoring the Giants and Saints by double digits.
So, what can fans expect from the home team when they finally debut the black helmets? Take it from Smith himself: "We're gonna do what we always do … go out there and give y'all a show."
The overturned rule that now allows for alternate helmets is the same rule that prevented the Eagles from reintroducing the Kelly Green uniforms, until now.
When the helmet policy was changed in 2021, the Eagles swiftly made arrangements to bring back the 1990s-style uniform, but because Nike did not have that iconic shade of green in their existing color palette, the throwbacks were pushed even further back, to 2023.
Then, Kelly Green will replace the black helmets, barring another change from the NFL allowing a third helmet.
When will the Eagles wear the helmets? The dates are yet to be announced.
Until then, fans can get their hands on the limited-edition collectibles at all three Eagles Pro Shop locations starting Monday.