By Jack Ryan

Today is the day Eagles fans have been waiting for since the 2014 season ended with that win over the Redskins:

Even though it’s an exhibition (a word the NFL despises), the Birds play the Indy Colts at the Linc at 1 p.m.

And the eyes of Eagles Nation will be squarely on Tim Tebow.

With Sam Bradford out and Mark Sanchez starting, Tebow will take his first snaps in an NFL game since the 2013 preseason. Coach Chip Kelly is holding Bradford out until next week because he missed the 2014 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than a year.

Expect Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to play sparingly, and the rest of the starters may not get much more than one series. A pair of high-profile, free-agent additions will debut for Indianapolis; seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson, along with running back Frank Gore, who spurned the Birds to sign with the Colts.

Longtime former Eagles Trent Cole (linebacker) and Todd Herremans (right guard) return to Philly for the first time.

Both teams drafted wideouts in the first round and they’ll get to show their stuff for the first time. The Eagles took Nelson Agholorout of Southern California at No. 22 and Indianapolis selected Phillip Dorsett from Miami at No. 29.

It’ll be the first game for the Colts since losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game, which began the Deflategate saga.