PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Friday night, the Eagles will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in the preseason opener for both teams. The night will mark the first time of the season the players will take the field in front of a crowd while going against an opponent.

The game holds a special meaning for all the NFL newcomers, but it is even more special for the Eagles first round selection. Marcus Smith’s first time playing in an NFL game will also be his first time attending an NFL game.

“We never really got to make it to any NFL games when I was younger,” Smith told WIP Afternoons. “[Friday night] will be the first one.”

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Smith admitted that he has already felt a rush being in Lincoln Financial Field for practices, but he is ready to see what it will be like for a game. “I think I got some chills just being there during practice,” Smith said. “It was a great atmosphere I thought.”

The new Eagles linebacker added that he is eager to help the team in any way he can on defense. Hopefully his play will add to the electric atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field.

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