PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -

Veteran linebacker Demeco Ryans and the Philadelphia Eagles face high expectations this year. But the team has been careful not to get caught up in all the talk.

Ryans says it's important for the Birds to continue to put their focus on getting better every day. He says it is an honor to be mentioned among the Super Bowl contenders this year, but it's going to take a lot of work to even get there.

Philadelphia opens its preseason schedule Friday night in Chicago.