Good bye LeSean McCoy. Hello DeMarco Murray.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be starting a brand-new running back in the backfield this season after signing the former Dallas Cowboys rusher in the offseason. Murray, who led the NFL on the ground last season, is expected to jumpstart an Eagles offense that is facing some serious questions this year, particularly at the quarterback position.
Philadelphia is slated to open training camp on August 2, with only two open practices on the schedule, the fewest since Chip Kelly took over as head coach. The Eagles preseason schedule then gets underway on August 16 against the Indianapolis Colts. Expect to see plenty of QB competition early on with Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow on the roster.
Check out the full preseason schedule below. All times are local.
Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Preseason Schedule
Sunday, August 16 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck. In other words, keep an eye on Andrew Luck. He wont’ see much on-field time in the first preseason game of the year but the former No. 1 overall pick is primed to lead his team to postseason glory this year. After a disappointing loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game last year, and a unknown involvement in the Deflategate controversy, the Colts are anxious to get back to the playoffs with Super Bowl victories already on their collective brains.
Saturday, August 22 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7 p.m.
The Ravens are coming off one of their best-ever offensive performances, ranked No. 12 in the NFL, but that same offensive unit is facing some serious changes this offseason. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has left the team and two of Baltimore’s top wideouts, Torey Smith and Owen Daniels, signed with other teams. It’ll be interesting to see how quarterback Joe Flacco fits in with new coordinator Marc Trestman’s style and if Baltimore’s top two draft picks, both offensive guys, will make any preseason noise.
Saturday, August 29 at Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m.
There are few quarterbacks better regarded in the NFL than Aaron Rodgers and the Packers leader is, once again, expected to pace his team’s offense this year. For the first time though, Rodgers will be getting from someone not named Mike McCarthy. Instead, the Packers coach turned over the reigns of the offense to associate head coach Tom Clements after last year’s emotional loss to Seattle.
Thursday, September 3 at New York Jets, 7 p.m.
It’s a brand-new coaching era in Gang Green world. After living in Rex Ryan’s somewhat crazy, media-focused world, the Jets are under new leadership in head coach Todd Bowles. It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for the Jets, aside from the four-game suspension to Sheldon Richardson, who still expect Geno Smith to serve as their starting quarterback.