Good morning, Eagles fans! We are just two days from the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. Head coach Doug Pederson announced on Monday that Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Eagles. Pederson will discuss that and much more in his press conference at 10:30 a.m. Plus, we expect to hear from the quarterback himself later on as well. Until then, here is what you need to know in our Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft.
1. Jason Kelce Is Living His Best Life
The Parade of Champions changed Jason Kelce's life forever and kicked off an incredible offseason that included motivational speaking to performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra to getting married.
Graham Foley documented how Kelce's speech was merely a reflection of the player who is beloved in the Eagles' locker room.
"It's just the guy he is. He plays football with passion, lives life with passion. He's just a passionate guy and that's why he's such a good football player. He puts so much into it," All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said.
"I guess it's safe to say that Kelce is living his best life."
2. Summer Is Over, Time For Eagles Football
For Eagles fans who were enjoying the shore or taking a break after all the post-Super Bowl celebrations, Dave Spadaro offered a recap of what you missed over the summer:
You may have been aware, prior to tuning out the world and reading every trashy novel you could get your hands on, that the Eagles have had some questions regarding the quarterback position. Pederson, for one, appreciated all the interest, even if he became a bit animated the other day talking about it.
But, this just in: Foles will start on Thursday night against the Falcons, Nate Sudfeld will be the No. 2, and Carson Wentz will continue to work harder than any human works to recover from his December 10 knee injury. It shouldn't be too much longer for Wentz, who looks terrific when he's on the field. But I'm not a doctor and that's just a guess, so don't get your hopes up too high. The Eagles are going to be just fine with Foles, who won a few pretty big games in last season's playoffs.
Second-year wide receiver Mack Hollins said it best on Monday when he was asked about his confidence level in Foles: "Hey, he put jewelry on our fingers. That's all the confidence I need."
Take a look at all of the photos of the Eagles Cheerleaders as they took the field during Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.
3. Foles Isn't The Only Backup In The Spotlight
Wentz is out for Thursday night. Hollins (groin) and fellow wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) missed Monday's practice. Running back Jay Ajayi (foot) was limited.
It's a familiar refrain from the 2017 campaign. It's going to take every member of the 53-man roster chipping in to help the Eagles win.
"We did it last year and we believe in the players on this team," wide receiver Nelson Agholor said on Monday after practice at the NovaCare Complex. "You do your job. We have confidence in every player on this roster. If one guy can't go, the next man steps up and plays. It's as simple as that."
4. Who Is The Most Underrated Eagle?
On Sunday, Graham Foley revealed the results of his locker room poll to determine who is going to be the next Agholor, the breakout player of 2018? He followed that up Monday with his survey of the most underrated Eagles player. Two players stood out. Kelce as mentioned above and defensive end Brandon Graham, who by the way couldn't contain his excitement for playing on Thursday after missing the preseason recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
"Probably Brandon Graham. Hell no, he doesn't get enough recognition. Brandon Graham is a hell of a player, in the run game, pass game, whatever you ask him to do," Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks said.
5. D.J. Alexander Adds Pro Bowl Presence To Special Teams
"It seemed like all of Twitter knew before I did."
That's how new Eagles linebacker D.J. Alexander found out that he was claimed on Sunday by the team. Alexander, at 6-2, 233 pounds, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2016 with Kansas City for his special teams prowess. He was traded to Seattle in 2017 and released during the final roster cutdown. In 44 career NFL games, Alexander has 31 tackles on special teams.
"I think I'm going to bring energy and speed. We got a lot of speed on this team. I think I'm going to add on to that, and my energy. I bring a lot of energy to the table," Alexander said. "I'm just getting started. My second year was a blessing for me, but I'm just getting started on this great team from Philly and the special teams are phenomenal."