After seven long months of waiting, the Philadelphia Eagles return to the place where the 2013 season ended to open the 2014 season.
In a season where the Eagles took fans for a wild ride right to the wildcard round of the playoffs, they embark on another chance for a deep playoff run with a sound group in tact and ready to repeat the success from a season ago.
It all begins with an AFC matchup as the Jacksonville Jaguars sit as the first team on the slate for the Eagles. The opening kickoff of the 2014 season is at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles return with the core of Nick Foles at quarterback, LeSean McCoy at running back and wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
Defensively, DeMeco Ryans returns as the mainstay in the linebacking core while Malcolm Jenkins headlines a list of newcomers to the Eagles defense that got a makeover in the offseason.
The Eagles will be facing Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne who earned the starting spot over Blake Bortles, the team’s first-round pick at third overall.
The Jaguars also bring in Toby Gerhart as their new running back. But their wide receiver group took a hit with the news that top receiver Cecil Shorts will not play on Sunday, leaving rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson to carry the bulk of receptions.
Chris Clemons leads the Jaguars defensive line and Paul Posluszny, the former Penn State standout, leads the linebackers. Winston Guy and Dwayne Gratz serve as the top players in the secondary for Jacksonville.
Where to Watch
TV: CBS (Broadcasters: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein) Radio: 94 WIP (Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Howard Eskin)
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