A fan's guide to Eagles training camp

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A fan's guide to Eagles training camp

The most anticipated Eagles season since maybe 2004 starts next Sunday, Aug. 2, when the entire team convenes at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia to kick-start the third training camp under coach Chip Kelly, first with Kelly in total control of the franchise.

All practices at the NovaCare Complex throughout camp start at 11:30 a.m. Two open practices at Lincoln Financial Field will begin at noon. Linc practices are open to the public, free of charge.

The Eagles will have three joint practices against the Baltimore Ravens at the NovaCare Complex leading up to their Aug. 22 preseason game at the Linc.

Be sure to scroll down and check the complete camp schedule, including practice dates and times, off days and dates for preseason games.

Open practice FAQs

When and where are the open practices?
Both take place at the Linc, the first one Aug. 4 and the last Aug. 9. Practices will begin around noon.

How much do they cost?
Nada. There’s no charge and there are no tickets required for entry. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Where can I park?
Parking is also free and lots open at 9 a.m.

Any special events?
The Eagles will continue their annual camp traditions of honoring military and bringing back prominent alumni. They haven’t yet revealed their plans for these events but will make an announcement in the near future.

Complete practice schedule

(Open practices in bold)

• Saturday, Aug. 1: Report day

• Sunday, Aug. 2: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Monday, Aug. 3: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

Tuesday, Aug. 4: Noon, Linc

• Wednesday, Aug. 5: Day off

• Thursday, Aug. 6: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Friday, Aug. 7: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Saturday, Aug. 8: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

Sunday, Aug. 9: Noon, Linc

• Monday, Aug. 10: Day off

• Tuesday, Aug. 11: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Wednesday, Aug. 12: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Thursday, Aug. 13: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Friday, Aug. 14: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Saturday, Aug. 15: Walk-through, TBA

Sunday, Aug. 16: Preseason game vs. Colts, 1 p.m.

• Monday, Aug. 17: Day off

• Tuesday, Aug. 18: 11:30 a.m., NovaCare

• Wednesday, Aug. 19: Joint practice with Ravens at NovaCare, noon.

• Thursday, Aug. 20: Joint practice with Ravens at NovaCare, noon.

• Friday, Aug. 21: Joint practice with Ravens at NovaCare, noon.

Saturday, Aug. 22: Preseason game vs. Ravens, 7 p.m.

• Sunday, Aug. 23: Day off

(Regular-season practice format resumes, media access limited)

• Monday, Aug. 24: TBA, NovaCare

• Tuesday, Aug. 25: TBA, NovaCare

• Wednesday, Aug. 26: TBA, NovaCare

• Thursday, Aug. 27: TBA, NovaCare

• Friday, Aug. 28: Walkthrough/light practice/travel, TBA

Saturday, Aug. 29: Preseason game at Packers, 8 p.m.

• Sunday, Aug. 30: Day off

• Monday, Aug. 31: TBA, NovaCare

• Tuesday, Sept. 1: TBA, NovaCare

• Wednesday, Sept. 2: TBA, NovaCare

Thursday, Sept. 3: Preseason finale at New York Jets, 7 p.m.

• Friday, Sept. 4: Day off.

NFL salary cap set, a look at Eagles' situation in 2017

NFL salary cap set, a look at Eagles' situation in 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- We’re starting to get a clearer idea of what the Eagles’ salary cap situation will look like when free agency opens at 4 p.m. on March 9. 

On Wednesday morning, the NFL’s 2017 salary cap was officially set at $167 million, a significant increase from last year, but a little on the lower side of what was expected. 

With their salary cap carryover from 2016 ($7,933,869), the Eagles’ adjusted salary cap number for next year in $174,933,869, according to the NFL Players Association. 

That sounds good, but the Eagles still don’t have a ton of room. 

Thanks to just over $7 million in dead cap space (owed to players who are no longer on the team) a part of $157 million in money owed for the season, the Eagles will have about $12.5 million in cap room when free agency opens. 

Of that $12.5 million, around $4.5-$5 million will go toward the rookie class. Now, they’re down to $8 million to spend. And that’s after they already cut cornerback Leodis McKelvin. 

The good news for the Eagles is that there’s still an opportunity to create more cap room. The news completely stopped after McKelvin, in terms of cutting players, but will likely pick up soon as free agency approaches. 

Cutting or trading Connor Barwin would save $7.75 million, Mychal Kendricks $1.8 million, Jason Kelce $3.8 million. Some of those decisions are expected to be made in the coming week as the Eagles’ brass meet with player agents in Indy.  

Another move would be cutting Ryan Mathews. That would save the team around $4 million in cap space, but that move could be held up by his neck injury that landed him on IR at the end of the 2016 season. 

No matter what the Eagles do, this is where vice president of football operations Howie Roseman thrives. He has the ability to manipulate the salary cap better than many throughout the league. 

"Yeah, it's unusual, certainly since I've been here, to have a more challenging situation," Roseman said in early January.

"But part of our job in the front office is to look at this over a long period of time. So as we sit here today, it isn't like the first time that we are looking at that situation, and we'll do whatever's best for the football team."

This year he has his work cut out for him. 

Three years later, Eagles nailed Malcolm Jenkins vs. Jairus Byrd

Three years later, Eagles nailed Malcolm Jenkins vs. Jairus Byrd

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the NFL combine gets set to kick into high gear this week, the league offered a cautionary tale about free agency. 

On Tuesday night, news broke that the Saints are going to cut safety Jairus Byrd, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, three years after they signed him to a monster six-year deal. By cutting Byrd, the Saints will save cap space, but they'll also take on plenty of dead money just to move on. 

Just three years ago, Byrd was the hottest safety on the market. He was the guy a lot of Eagles fans targeted. They wanted Byrd, not Malcolm Jenkins. 

Well, this one worked out well for the Eagles. While Byrd's first season with New Orleans ended after four games with a knee injury, Jenkins has become one of the Eagles' best players. 

Byrd has missed more games the last three years (15) than Jenkins has missed defensive snaps for the Eagles (eight). To Byrd's credit, he did play all 16 games in 2016. 

But even when they're both on the field, Jenkins has been the much better player, being named to the Pro Bowl in 2015. He has eight interceptions over the last three years to Byrd's three and Jenkins has returned half of those interceptions for touchdowns. Byrd hasn't had a pick-six since 2011. 

The Eagles rewarded Jenkins with a five-year extension before the start of the 2016 season. 

This story should be on the minds of Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas this week in Indianapolis as free agency approaches. It's not always about the biggest splash; it's about finding the right fit for a team. 

Even if the Eagles really wanted to make a splash this year, they might not have a lot of room to work with. They're strapped in terms of salary cap space, but they do have some options. This week will serve as an opportunity to meet with the representatives for several of their players already under contract like Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce, Ryan Mathews and Mychal Kendricks. Trades or cuts would free up plenty more space. 

There won't be a break after the combine this year thanks to a congested schedule. Almost immediately after the Eagles return to Philly, the legal tampering window will begin on March 7 and free agency opens on March 9.  

With this cautionary tale in mind, the Eagles have to avoid signing a Jairus Byrd and instead sign a Malcolm Jenkins. Easier said than done.