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Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Things To Look for in Preseason Opener

Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Things To Look for in Preseason Opener

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With the Philadelphia Eagles opening up their NFL preseason schedule on Friday against the Chicago Bears, fans will have their eyes on many different elements of the team. Will Nick Foles continue to improve? Is the defense good enough for this team to contend? Will Chip Kelly’s offense be faster? Those questions may not be answered on Friday, however here are five things for fans to keep their eyes on during the preseason opener.

5. How does Allen Barbre look?

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5. How does Allen Barbre look?

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With Lane Johnson suspended for the first four games of the regular season, all eyes will be on Barbre and how he fares.

4. Can Mark Sanchez be successful in this offense?

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4. Can Mark Sanchez be successful in this offense?

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If he ever wants a chance to start in the NFL again, these preseason games may be Sanchez’s best chance for an audition for 2015.

3. What abilities do Marcus Smith and Jordan Matthews have?

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3. What abilities do Marcus Smith and Jordan Matthews have?

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It seems fans are forgetting the fact that Marcus Smith was Philadelphia's first-round pick. Jordan Matthews has wowed fans, as well as the team throughout camp, and has taken much of the glory away from Smith. However, everybody will be keeping an eye on both of these rookies on Friday night.

2. Who will start at strong safety?

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2. Who will start at strong safety?

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This is one position still up for grabs. Earl Wolff is listed atop the depth chart, however Nate Allen will not go down without a fight.

1. How does Jeremy Maclin look?

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1. How does Jeremy Maclin look?

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The guy arguably under the most pressure in 2014 will have plenty of questions early on. Not only for the fans, but himself as well.