PHILADELPHIA -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Philadelphia Eagles training camp:
The Eagles held a soggy walk-through practice that lasted just over an hour Wednesday. There wasn't much to learn from it. Although the weather forecast called for dry weather, it started raining about halfway through the session and continued for about 20 minutes. The players and coaches didn't seem to mind after practicing through Tuesday's scorching conditions.
The Eagles posted their first depth chart Monday. It's probably just as well you didn't take the time to memorize it. Head coach Chip Kelly didn't, either."Seriously," Kelly said, "I don't care. Derek [Boyko, Eagles PR director] did it. I mean, it's absolutely nothing. I know we're going to get questions on it and, I'll be honest with you, I do not care how that's listed. I said a long time ago, it's written in sand, it's written in water, it can be written in anything. That depth chart means absolutely nothing. The only reason we make one is because they tell us to make one."
Kelly was vague about his plans for playing time Friday night in Chicago, too. But he has sound reasons for that. He doesn't yet know how the game will go. "We're trying to get our starters or ones somewhere between 10 and 15 snaps," Kelly said."Just depends on how the game goes, and then we'll start to substitute after that. Really just depends, offensively or defensively, how much success they're having. Could be you've got a couple three-and-outs and they've got to go back out there, but if you get two decent drives, I feel like that's what we're aiming for right now."
Friday's game will be the first NFL game of any kind for Eagles first-round pick Marcus Smith. Growing up near Atlanta, Smith said, he never attended a Falcons game. "It will be the first game that I've been to, the one that I'm playing in," Smith said. "My dad will be out there watching me, so it will be a great day for me. It will be the first game that I'm at and the first game I'm playing in."
The Eagles will conduct a light walk-through Thursday, then fly to Chicago for Friday night's preseason opener. Kelly said he is not sure about wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who missed a couple of practices because of soreness in his legs.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper (foot) is unlikely to play, Kelly said. Same with cornerback Nolan Carroll, who has a muscle pull in his leg. Running back Chris Polk, wide receiver Jeff Maehl and center Julian Vandervelde are all unlikely to play because of injuries.