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FB Weaver On Welcoming Vick

Although he is beginning his first season with the Eagles, fullback Leonard Weaver has already emerged as one of the leaders of the team. And as one of the team leaders, Weaver has been impressed with what he has seen so far out of the newest Eagle, Michael Vick.

"I got here about 6:50 AM this morning," Weaver said, "And (Vick) was already here getting ready."

Weaver said the two spoke and exchanged common thoughts about focusing on what transpires on the football field.

"We don't want to bring anything that happened a couple years ago to now," Weaver said, "Because it doesn't matter.

"Right now what matters is that we start the season off and get things going the proper way."

That being said, Weaver acknowledges that there are other aspects to the acquisition of Vick that some people may focus on.

"For us as a team and for Mike as an individual," Weaver said, "You can't worry about what people think or say.

"People will always have something good or bad to say about you. If they say something good, and you dwell on it, then they'll say something bad about you the next day. It's one of those things where you have to stick to yourself and just know who you are."

When he first heard word that the team was bringing in Vick, Weaver was beyond excited.

"I was really excited, for Mike especially," Weaver said. "I would have to say that it spoke volumes to me about this organization ... for saying, 'You know what? The past is the past, and anybody can change.' It happens every single day."

"When I see Mike, he's trying to make a chance. He's obviously coming in with a positive (attitude)."

Weaver also said this is a perfect locker room dynamic for Vick to be in, because there is strong leadership.

"We're the type of team where if we see an issue with a player in the locker room," Weaver said, "The leaders on this team are going to go to that individual and say, 'Hey, you have to pick it up because that's not the kind of character this organization is looking for.'"

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:41 p.m., August 15

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