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Fletcher, Chung hope to improve secondary
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The Eagles are putting on their own rendition of Fight Club -- except we're all allowed to talk about it.

Some are fighting to start.

Some are fighting for a spot.

And others just like the fighting mentality.

“It's fun, [like] a 40-yard fistfight,” said safety Patrick Chung, describing what it's like on special teams.

For Chung, playing on special teams brings another dimension to his game that might make him stand out, especially when he’s in what's looking like a crowded secondary, including Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Kenny Phillips, Earl Wolff, Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin and former Rams corner Bradley Fletcher.

“We're all competing to start,” Fletcher said. “Every one of us wants to. So that's what I'm looking forward to doing as well as everybody else.”

Fletcher and Chung are two new members in a defense that’s looking to improve on an abysmal season in 2012, when it ranked 30th in interceptions (eight) while allowing the most passing touchdowns in the league (33).

Together, the two combined for three interceptions, 13 deflections and 72 tackles last season. But Fletcher started only four games for the Rams while Chung missed four games with the Patriots with a shoulder injury.

Chung is commonly considered a favorite to start at safety -- assuming he remains healthy. Chung has missed 12 games between 2011 and 2012, and that's why the Jamaica native is remaining cautious.

“Never expect anything,” Chung said. “It's all about coming in here and working. The best player is going to play, regardless. You can think what you want to think and you can expect what you want to expect, but you can't come in here with a thought in your mind like, ‘I'm going to be the guy.'

“We're all in the same room, learning the same things, flipping the same pages, so we're kind of like a bunch of brothers. Even though we are all new, it feels like we have known each other for years.”

Of course, with so many new pieces, on-field communication doesn’t come so quickly, but Fletcher said it’s improving each day. And on Sunday, fans will see just how far it has come when the Eagles put on the pads for the first time in a practice at the Linc.

For most fans, it will be the first glimpse of a busy Chip Kelly offense that has consistently challenged the new-look defense.

“It's fast, it's up-tempo and the ball is all over the place,” Fletcher said. “So, you’ll be seeing a lot.”

“[The tight ends and wide receivers] all have their different strengths,” Chung said. “They're good, they're all fast, they're all quick and they all can catch the ball, so they’re giving us a good look for sure at [defensive back]. We'll get better.

“We'll be able to clean up a lot of things [with pads on]. We're all looking forward to that and looking forward to putting on a show for the fans.”