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Wake-Up Call: Carson Wentz Gets Knocked Down For First Time This Season

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There's a lot to get caught up on as the weekend gets underway. We hope to see you all at the Open Practice which will now take place on Sunday. Admission is free. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and practice begins at 10 a.m. Here's what else you need to know.

1. Carson Wentz Gets Knocked Down

Following Friday's practice, tight end Trey Burton's son Jaxon was playing with quarterback Carson Wentz. Little Burton put on his dad's helmet and took a shot at the quarterback. Wentz is probable for Saturday's practice at the NovaCare Complex.

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2. Lane Johnson Wigging Out Early In Camp

Tackle Lane Johnson came out for the start of Friday's practice sporting a blonde wig.

"I just want to have a little fun. In Training Camp, everyone thinks it's going to be hard, tough. Everybody's dreading it, so I thought it would create a few laughs. Eventually, my coach (Jeff Stoutland) got distracted, so he made me take it off," Johnson said.

"I knew the blonde would pop out since there is nothing blonde about me."

Mission accomplished.

3. Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith Benefit Another Second-Year Player

If you check out the Practice Notes from Friday, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith had outstanding performances on the field. The goal of adding the firepower was the help the development of second-year quarterback, but it also helps the growth of another 2016 draft class member in cornerback Jalen Mills.

"This is what we signed up for. This is what Howie (Roseman) and Coach Doug (Pederson) brought these guys in for," Mills said. "To give us work, plus to give them work, and make us better as a team.

"Now, you're getting those premier names that you hear week in and week out. You're in the stadium and you see on the ticker, Alshon Jeffery, six catches, 100 yards. Torrey Smith, he might make one play, but it goes for 80 yards. With those types of guys, you have to literally be in-tune each and every play because they're always a big play waiting to happen as you saw today."

4. The Ringer: Eagles Pass Rush Has Only Scratched The Surface

Robert Mays of The Ringer thinks that with the offseason additions along the defensive line will make the unit go from "tantalizing to utterly terrifying this season."

"The hope in bringing (Tim) Jernigan, (Chris) Long, and (Derek) Barnett aboard is that a few key additions will unlock Philly's massive defensive upside. The group has the potential to make a similar leap to the one the Falcons' offense did last year, when an Atlanta unit that showed inconsistent flashes of brilliance under a new coordinator in the 2015 campaign used a handful of key signings (such as center Alex Mack and speed-demon wide receiver Taylor Gabriel) to ascend to higher plane and earn a Super Bowl berth last season," Mays wrote.

"With a line that can go five, six, even seven deep, the Eagles believe they can terrorize opposing offensive lines, an ability that should help a team that went 7–9 in 2016 reach a new dimension."

The first day of Training Camp practice with Eagles fans was a huge success! We love all the support!

5. International Flavor At Training Camp

Tight end Adam Zaruba made his debut on Friday. The Vancouver native and professional rugby player was signed by the Eagles after a tryout last Sunday.

"It's been a dream of mine to do this for quite some time. Rugby has been my focus for the last four years, but I've always wanted to come back and give football a shot and this opportunity is awesome," Zaruba said. "I'm thankful for it and it was a lot of fun. Today was a good day."

6. The 2018 Cheerleader Calendar Is Coming Soon

A #TBT with Jillian.

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