Saturday, August 26, 2006

Eagles Vets Can Finally Focus On Regular Season

There's an old axiom that a team should never look too far ahead, but the Eagles can be excused if they look past next week.
That's because many of the veterans will have off from Friday's preseason finale at Giants Stadium against the New York Jets.
The veterans traditionally don't play much or at all in the preseason finale. Couple the fact that the Eagles had five preseason games, and the next time many of the key contributors will be on the field, they will be playing for keeps. That will be Sept. 10 in Houston against the Texans.
The Eagles can use the next two weeks to fine-tune things. The defense looks sharp while the offense is a work very much in progress.
Still, the players are relieved that training camp and for many, the preseason is over.
"The best part is that we are relatively healthy," said cornerback Lito Sheppard.
Healthy and hungry. And after Friday's 16-7 preseason win over Pittsburgh, many of the veterans seem genuinely excited to begin the regular season after an overly long training camp and preseason.