After seven long months, the wait for Philadelphia Eagles football finally ends this Friday. Year two under head coach Chip Kelly gets underway with preseason action at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.
Of course, this is only the first of four exhibition games, so it's not exactly the real thing quite yet. Kelly said he expects his starters to play 10-15 snaps in the opener, which equates to one or two series—maybe three if things go poorly.
While the final outcome may be irrelevant, that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to watch. Aside from the sheer enjoyment of hearing the clash of pads and helmets against one another, plenty is on the line over the coming month.
Obviously, these games will go a long way in determining starting jobs and roster spots, which to some is reason alone to follow the action. Those battles highlight just a few of the storylines we will be keeping an eye on as the Eagles get set to return to the gridiron this week.