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Game Vs. Rams: Eagles Offense

WR Hank Baskett

On whether he expected the offense to produce like it did today: "Did I think that we could do it? Yes, because of the work we put in during the offseason and the extra time spent between the quarterbacks and wide receivers. This is what we were talking about. Everyone else was talking about #1 receivers and the guys in the locker room were confident in each other, the coaches were confident in us and (QB) Donovan (McNabb) was confident that all of us could go out there and make it happen."

On his 90-yard touchdown catch: "It was a double move, the guy bit on it and Donovan did what he does out there. That's where the extra work and the timing come in. His touch and accuracy is great. I would say he's back to Pro Bowl Donovan. It shows. He's out there and his offseason work, the effort, the time spent, it showed. It showed all training camp, all preseason and now you are seeing that things are going good. All we have to do is go out there and keep working. This is just a start. It's like the coaches said, it's a good start, but there is a long season to go. We can't be satisfied right now, can't be happy and can't be complacent. Tomorrow is another work day. The thing in this league is that the next day, you come in, watch film and put the past behind you and move on to the next opponent. It is certainly a great way to start the season, but to get where we want to be – next week we have a big opponent in Dallas. It's a divisional game and they are a good team, so it's time to watch film and move on to them."

WR DeSean Jackson

On his thoughts after his first regular season game: "It is a blessing honestly being my first NFL game versus the Rams. I just thought the game plan was real good. As far as the team effort, I just felt that we put it in during the week and let it loose today."

On his first catch: "We kind of knew the defense that they were playing and on that one, I had to get a good release and get on top of it. Donovan made a great throw and I just had to fight for the ball."

On going up to catch the ball: "That is what I have to do. I am 5'10," so whatever you have to do to go get that football – you have to be hungry when that ball is in the air."

On his thoughts following the win and his 100-yard game: "Like I said, the hard work has started to pay off. We have been working real hard with Donovan to get that chemistry together and getting on the same page. It was a great opportunity for me with (WR Kevin Curtis and WR Reggie Brown) the two starters down. I just stepped in and did what I needed to do to help this football team. I felt very confident out there, I was just ready."

On his long punt return in the 3rd quarter: "I felt I should have went the other way (after getting past the punter), but when you are out there playing, you just have to do what your instincts tell you and unfortunately, I didn't get in the end zone, but we won and we handled business the way we were supposed to."

On the message it sends for a rookie to come out and have the game he did today: "It is still early, only my first NFL game. I just want to get the message across that I am ready to play football and ready to contribute to this team any way possible. It was a great feeling to be out there today and get this victory."

On the play of Donovan McNabb today: "Donovan is a great quarterback and I am very fortunate to have a quarterback like him. Coming into the NFL, what else could you ask for."

LT William Thomas

On RB Brian Westbrook's last TD run and his block on Rams DE Chris Long: "It was just a reach block. I didn't think he was going to go down though. It was just a quick block. I just did what I had to do, took my step to the side and that was it. The young guy was good. He is a great athlete. He has a high motor. I think he is going to be good in the years to come. He gave me some work. I was tired and he just kept letting me know that we wasn't tired yet. He's a good athlete."

WR Jason Avant

On how the WR corps stepped up today: "For any contribution from me, I just give God the glory. But, as far as the rest of the receiving corps, it's an opportunity for all of those guys. Every time Hank gets a chance to play, he can take it 90 yards. DeSean can play and (WR) Greg (Lewis) can play. A lot of times you get an unfair rap based on past history and based on past personnel, but we just wanted to go out there and show everyone we could play and continue it up. It was just one game and the Rams are a good team, but we are looking forward to playing against Dallas."

RT Jon Runyan

On his thoughts after the first regular season game: "Everybody went out and made plays today. We weren't just sitting back and waiting for it to happen. It happened on every phase of the game."

On whether it is normal for a team to lose their top 2 receivers and come out and not miss a beat on offense: "The guys who are backups are backups just because they have not had the opportunity to play. They are talented and they just need experience. When you go out and perform like that, people start to say that maybe we have 5 or 6 starters out there. When Donovan is playing well, he makes everybody look good."

On not giving up a sack this week: "That is a big part of it for any quarterback. When you keep guys out of their faces and give them time to make reads and not let them get hit, anybody can sit back there and pick defenses apart if there is nobody in their face."

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