The Philadelphia Eagles will open preseason play against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on NBC 10.

The preseason matchup will give head coach Doug Pederson a chance to look at a lot of rookies and off season acquisitions against NFL competition. For the past two weeks, the Eagles have been battling each other on the gridiron. Now, they will have an opportunity to play against another team in a regular football game.

Shareef Miller, a former Penn State University and George Washington High star, will be playing his first NFL game in his hometown. Miller, a former All Public League standout, is excited about playing at Lincoln Financial Field.

“Being from Philly, and my city, I know a lot of people want to come to support and show love,” Miller said. “I’m just ready. I’m ready to come out and show what I can do. It’s a grind. Training camp is a grind. You got your ups and your downs. You have to keep getting better every day.”

Miller, a 6-foot-4, 254-pound defensive end, was a fourth round pick by the Eagles in the NFL Draft last spring. He was one of the best defensive ends in the Big Ten during his three seasons with the Nittany Lions. Last season, he had 41 total and 25 solo tackles 15 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Miller has received a lot of help from the Eagles veteran players along the defensive line during training camp. He has absorbed plenty of their knowledge and experience.

“Everybody has been helpful on the D-Line [defensive line],” Miller said. “Everybody is helping — Fletcher [Cox], Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry,” Miller said. “They’re all helping me on how to be a pro and things like that and technique. You have to have real good technique playing in this league because everybody is good.”

Greg Ward Jr. was a great quarterback at the University of Houston. He had the most rushing yards — 2,375 — by a quarterback in team history and tied for the most rushing touchdowns with 39. In 2016, he threw for 3,557 yards with 22 TDs.

Ward is in the Eagles training camp for the third year. In 2017, he was signed as an undrafted free agent and was later waived and then signed to the Eagles’ practice squad. He was also released from the practice squad.

Then was re-signed by the Eagles to the practice squad. After that, he was signed by the Eagles to a reserve/future contract.

In 2018, he was signed to the Eagles practice in September, but was released a few weeks later. He signed with the Eagles in the spring. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, is trying to land a spot with the Eagles as a wide receiver.

“I’m focused on helping the team as much as I can,” Ward said. “Wherever they need me, I can play on this team. I can adapt myself to anything.”

This preseason game could be a great opportunity for Ward and other young players on the Eagles’ roster.

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