It's the start of the weekend and we already made plans for you in today's Wake-Up Call for Friday, August 4.
1. Zach Ertz Is Right On This One
2. Join Us Sunday For Kids Day At The Final Open Practice
The Eagles' second FREE Open Practice at Lincoln Financial Field will be a day all young Eagles fans will not want to miss. Kids Day will have fun and interactive activities for young fans throughout the day, including face painting, photos with SWOOP, and much more. Parking and admission are free!
Open practice includes complimentary parking and an opportunity for all fans to go on the field after practice. Youth football and cheerleading teams will also have a special opportunity to bring their squads onto the field for a group photo under the goalposts after practice. In order to take advantage of the photo, your team must be wearing their jerseys or cheerleading uniforms!
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3. Hitting His Stride
4. Next Thursday, See Mike Mayock On The Preseason Broadcast Team
5. A Beautiful Day Indeed
6. Interesting Roster Move
The Eagles strengthened one of the best position groups on the roster Thursday agreeing to terms with 11th-year veteran safety Corey Graham on a one-year deal. This will be Graham's fourth NFL team, as he previously suited up for the Bears, Ravens, and Bills.
A 2011 Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player, Graham comes to Philadelphia with ties to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas. Graham played for Schwartz in 2014 as a member of the Bills. A team captain, Graham started nine of the 16 games he played in that season at cornerback and had a career-high 15 passes defensed to go along with 76 tackles.
7. Big Gains For Smallwood
How would you describe Wendell Smallwood's first season as an Eagle? Promising? At times, it was. Puzzling? Certainly, his work flow was uneven, to say the least. A learning experience? Ah, we may have hit on something right there.
"It was definitely something different," Smallwood said on Thursday after a practice during which he ripped off several big runs in live-hitting periods at the NovaCare Complex. "Coming in here knowing what to expect a year later makes a world of difference for me."
The result is a sharper and more aggressive Smallwood. On Thursday, Smallwood was fast to and through holes. He made defenders miss. He broke tackles. He gained big yards with LeGarrette Blount out for a third straight day attending to personal business.