The Eagles just completed their annual Flight Night practice which is held every year at Lincoln Financial Field. It is a series of practice drills along with an intra-squad scrimmage. The main idea behind the whole event is to raise money for local charities while giving the fans an early glimpse at the team.
The good news is that there is no bad news to report from last night. If you remember, last year the Eagles lost their starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley to a fluky knee injury that ended his season. He is back and ready to go which is a welcomed relief, given the problems the Birds had at that position last year.
Two key players that did not participate in last night's practice were WR's DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Both have missed time this training camp due to some minor but nagging injuries. At this point in the season it is better to err on the side of caution than to take any unnecessary chances so expect them to sit out for as long as it takes them to get back to 100%.
The Birds first preseason game will be against Jacksonville next Friday night August 13th at the Linc starting at 7:30 P.M. It is hard to know what to expect in this first game as the starters are only likely to play a few series. As expected all eyes will be on QB Kevin Kolb, but I am actually more interested in getting a look at first round pick DE Brandon Graham and second round pick S Nate Allen. If the Eagles are to have any chance of competing with Dallas for the NFC East title, they need both these guys to make an immediate impact on this defense.