A picture on a wall inside the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility shows players holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy with the words "The New Norm" written across the middle.

Coach Doug Pederson coined the phrase after the team beat the New England Patriots to win its first Super Bowl.

The Eagles finally got a taste of championship success and they want more. Only eight teams in NFL history have repeated as Super Bowl champs http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com...-omameh-jersey , none since the Patriots did it after the 2004 season.

It's a tough task, but the Eagles are determined to build a dynasty. They won't be underdogs anymore as they were throughout last year's playoffs. Teams are coming for them and they believe they'll be ready for the challenge.

"It's a great opportunity for us this season," Pederson said. "Great motivating factor for us to sort of rip off the dog masks and no longer be the underdog, but now be the hunted. Have the target on our back."

Several key players who missed Philadelphia's playoff run are returning from injuries, including quarterback Carson Wentz, nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and playmaking linebacker Jordan Hicks. They'll make sure their teammates stay hungry.

"The biggest thing is the culture we've created, the team-first mentality, a bunch of unselfish players and the camaraderie we've built," Wentz said. "I don't see why the sky can't be the limit for us going forward again. We have high expectations, the city has high expectations and we love that."

Some things to know about the Eagles, who open the season Sept. 6 against Atlanta:

INSURANCE POLICY: The Eagles are in a unique position with a backup quarterback who was the Super Bowl MVP. Nick Foles will be under center until doctors clear Wentz to return following surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL last December. Foles will then return to the sideline without complaining. Foles has no ego, understands his role and is close with Wentz. He didn't demand a trade to go start somewhere else, loves playing for the Eagles and enjoys the city. It's an ideal scenario. Foles played poorly in the preseason 鈥?minus several starters around him 鈥?but he gets a pass after sensational playoff performances.

MORE WEAPONS: Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert, a second-round pick, was impressive in the preseason and joins Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz to form matchup nightmares for opposing defenses Brock McGinn Jersey Kids , especially inside the red zone. Versatile running back Darren Sproles returns after missing most of last season, giving the offense another threat coming out of the backfield.

THE UNDERDOGS: An offensive line that features two All-Pros 鈥?right tackle Lane Johnson and center Jason Kelce 鈥?and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks along with left guard Stefen Wisniewski may have been the best in the league last season and now gets Peters back to protect the quarterback's blind side. Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who was shaky in the preseason, has plenty of experience after filling in for Johnson in 2016 and Peters in 2017.

FRONT FOUR: The addition of three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata strengthens a deep line that was No. 1 against the run last year.

Starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is coming off back surgery and it's uncertain when he'll return plus Vinny Curry and Beau Allen moved on.

But Bennett, Ngata and the emergence of second-year pro Derek Barnett should help this unit stay dominant. Fletcher Cox is one of the best interior linemen in the NFL. End Brandon Graham played at a high level and veteran Chris Long showed he had plenty left in the tank.

COVER GUYS: Cornerback is another strength for the defense led by starters Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. Sidney Jones, a 2017 second-round pick who missed nearly the entire season following surgery on his Achilles before the draft, and rookie Avonte Maddox had a strong battle for the nickel spot and provide plenty of depth.

COACHING CHANGES: Offensive coordinator Frank Reich left to become the head coach in Indianapolis and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo became the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. Mike Groh replaced Reich and Press Taylor took DeFilippo's spot. Both coaches already were part of the team's staff and have familiarity with the system and the players.

— For the first time since 2010, the Carolina Panthers have a quarterback battle on their hands heading into the preseason — at least when it comes to who’ll backup 2015 league MVP Cam Newton.

Since Newton entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Panthers coach Ron Rivera has always had veteran Derek Anderson to fall back on as a security blanket. But the Panthers opted not to re-sign the 35-year Anderson this offseason, opening the battle for the No. 2 spot between two young QBs who have attempted one career pass between them.

Garrett Gilbert and Taylor Heinicke will begin that battle in earnest on Thursday night when the Panthers open the preseason in Buffalo against the Bills.

Rivera said Gilbert will be the first off the bench and will get some reps with the first team. Heinicke will be the third quarterback for this game, although he didn’t rule out that the QB rotation could change the following week.

“I’m really curious to watch them and see how they both do, I really am,” Rivera said. “… We are going to try to get those guys as many snaps as we can the next few weeks so we can make a good decision.”

Rivera said he’ll try to split reps as equally as possible between the two in the preseason.

“We would like to feel really good about who the guy is going to be going into the last preseason game so he can get the bulk of the work,” Rivera said. “We will give them both some opportunities with the twos and the threes and create some situations where they can get some time with the ones.”

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said he likes what he’s seen from both young QBs in training camp.

“They are two really smart kids and can spin it really well,” Olsen said. “Of course Authentic Nate Solder Jersey , losing a guy like D.A. (Anderson) is tough for a lot of reasons because of who he was in the locker room for us, but we are moving in another direction.”

Ironically, both Gilbert and Heinicke have spent time in New England behind Tom Brady, although neither was able to stick with the Patriots.

Gilbert was drafted in the sixth round by the Rams in 2014 and spent time with the Patriots, Lions and Raiders before serving as Carolina’s third-string quarterback last season. However, he’s never played in a regular season game.

“You can see the confidence with how he gets up and handles things right now,” Rivera said. “He has a strong arm and we know that. So now, it’s about knowing the offense, and what we’re trying to do and then taking it and translating.”

Heinicke has a leg up on Gilbert in that area since he’s familiar with coordinator Norv Turner’s offensive system having spent two years working under him with the Minnesota Vikings.

“He has shown us he has a good arm and good decision maker and he’s athletic as well,” Rivera said.

Gilbert said he’s not worried about the competition at this point, saying his goal is to “develop my skills and be the best quarterback for this team I can possibly be.”

NOTES: Rivera said ideally he’d like to play Newton about nine to 10 plays against the Bills. … Tyler Larsen will start at center against the Bills as the team slowly works center Ryan Kalil back into action. … Defensive end Julius Peppers still has not practiced with the team, although he has been cleared to return.