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Eagles Quarterback Sam Bradford

On whether or not Ravens' OLB Terrell Suggs was going after his knee:
"You would have to ask him but I think that is what he was trying to do. You know, it is a part of the game and you just have to move on."

On whether or not he was upset and said something to Suggs:
"I was a little upset, I'm not sure if I can repeat what I said to him but it's a part of the game. I'm sure that is not the last time something like that is going to happen this year, but hopefully it doesn't."

On whether the team has to say something after something like the Suggs situation happens:
"I'm sure [Eagles Head Coach] Chip [Kelly] will say something to someone. It got our guys fired up though. There is no doubt about that and I thought we responded well after and put together a nice drive. When things like that happen in a game you can't dwell on it, you just have to keep going."

On what was going through his mind prior to the first snap:
"I was excited. I was nervous. There were a lot of emotions. I think most of all I was just excited. It was a great feeling. Hearing the crowd, getting back out there, playing football again. It's been a long time and there has been a lot of work that has gone into it, and to get out there tonight and actually get to play again, it was just a lot of fun."

On whether his previous quote to "take a shot and get back up" was what he had in mind with the Suggs situation:
"No, it's probably not the one I had in mind when I said that, but it was good. I took a few hits tonight and got back up. I feel good. I think it's part of the game and it's one of those last hurdles, one of those last boxes that needed to be checked and I think it was tonight."

On what happened after the second hit that took him a few moments to get back up:
"I am going to need to look at the tape to tell you exactly what happened. I took a hit, it happens, I regroup and I keep going."

On his thoughts about the questions he answered regarding his ability and functionality:
"I think tonight I was able to get out there and not think about my knee. That was big for me. And just to get out there to take some shots and to feel the speed of the game, feel the rush… we tried to simulate that in practice but it's really hard when I'm off limits so it was good to feel the speed of the game out there tonight."

On whether the number of different options personnel-wise puts pressure on the opposing team:
"I think it puts a lot of stress on a defense, especially when you combine our depth and our personnel with the tempo. We can throw to a lot of different personnel groupings out there. Tonight we did so much with [RB Darren] Sproles in the slot. I think that makes it tough with two running backs and when you add the tempo, it just doesn't give them enough time to really react to it. I think they're still trying to communicate when we're snapping the ball."

On what he thought during his first time on the field:
"It's fun. It's great for a quarterback to look out there and know that everyone we have out there can make plays. It's my job just to get them the ball. It reminds me of the system I ran in college. It was kind of the same deal. A quarterback is almost like a point guard, they are just out there to facilitate and give guys the ball to make plays."

On what he wants to improve for Green Bay:
"Hopefully things will slow down a little bit. I think I was a little amped up the first couple of plays out there, but we'll look at the tape tomorrow and check it out. But just continue to go through my progressions and continue to get more comfortable with the system."

On what it felt for him the moment of the first impact and realized his knee was still intact:
"That was a positive. That was a good thing. Like I said earlier in the week, I thought it was going to be good for me to get out there and take a few hits. To take that first hit and get up and get back under center, it felt good."

On how much he feels the need to play next week in order to be ready for the regular season:
"I don't think you could really put a number, there's not an exact number. That's Coach's [Kelly] call how much I play next week but I think the more reps, the more work I get, the better. We've put in three good weeks at camp and I feel like I've got down a lot of reps in practice. Obviously I got some action tonight and in the previous two days against the Ravens. I'm looking for all the work I can get next week."

On whether he feels ready for the season after the one series he played:
"I feel like once we got rolling out there I felt pretty good. Obviously there are a bunch of things we all have to keep working on. I think there are things I have got to clean up. There are things that everyone has to clean up. I think it's nice we still have a couple of weeks left of the preseason not only to get to work next week but also the next week of practice. So we're still trying to build on what we did tonight, but I still think there is work I have to do in order to be ready for the season."

Eagles QB Tim Tebow

On whether he felt more comfortable this week:
"Yeah, I am getting more comfortable every day. I am getting opportunities to get reps in practice and come out here and play in a game. I am definitely getting more comfortable."

On what aspects of his game he is feeling more comfortable with:
"I think I threw the ball away a few times. I am not trying to force it and I am not taking sacks. I am getting it out of my hands and throwing it away if nothing is there."

On what he still needs to work on:
"It's just continuing everything, decision making, footwork and throwing it to the right place. I have to keep working on communication. All of those things, you want to try and reinforce every day. I have to keep going faster and trying to run up tempo faster. I have to communicate with the guys, get up to the line and go, especially after you get a first down."

On whether he believes he has caught up to the other quarterbacks on the team who have been here longer:
"I feel like I have a good grasp of the offense. I have been able to get reps, so the more reps you get, the more comfortable you are. I feel like I am learning the offense better and better."

On what he feels he has to do to make the team:
"I just have to worry about what I can control. I probably have said that a few times, but that is just my attitude. I am focused on going out there, trying to compete and being the best teammate."

On whether he felt more comfortable after his 26-yard run:
"After that, the outside linebackers and ends were playing wide. They were trying to get up the field and get shots at our quarterbacks. Yeah, you try to go throughout your reads. I might try to change it up a little bit, but the coaches' game plan for it and we have to execute."

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez

On what he thinks the offense accomplished today:
"The offense looked good. All three phases looked good. The defense got us a couple of turnovers and the special teams got us a touchdown. This is what you want. You want to win these games. Personally, I thought we moved the ball well when I was in there. We came out from last week and didn't need to change anything. I missed a couple of throws last week, so I needed to trust the process, keep rolling and have a good time."

On how good it was having a complete first half:
"It was fun. It was a great atmosphere. It was fun rooting for our guys. It was fun getting out there, moving the ball down the field and accomplishing all of the goals that we did accomplish tonight. There are plenty of mistakes to clean up. We will do that over the next week and get a shot at the Packers."

On his comfort level at this point in the preseason:
"I think I am playing alright. I am definitely having a ton of fun in the system. We are bringing a lot of new faces along, whether it is [RB] Ryan Mathews or [RB] DeMarco Murray. The offensive line looks great. I think it is going very well."

On what it was like having all three Eagles running backs playing tonight:
"That entire room, it's a credit to [RB coach] Duce [Staley]. He has those guys playing well. In a short period of time, all of those guys have picked up the system. They are excited about blocking, catching the ball out of the backfield and running. They are doing a great job and have embraced the three-headed attack. You can throw [RB] Kenjon [Barner] in there. He ran the ball hard. It's a talented room and hopefully we will get a lot of production from those guys."

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor

On how he felt like the game went for him and for the team:
"We got better as a team. As an individual, I just try to capitalize on all my opportunities and put some stuff on film to learn from."

On how he felt going up against the Ravens after practicing against them all week:
"The practices all week were very competitive. They gave us some great looks. It was good to have another team out there to show us some of their schemes."

On how his experience has been so far at camp:
"It's been great. Training camp is a special time. You get to put your tools to the test. At the end of the day, you get to watch film on yourself and kind of critique yourself and get coaching points every day. It's 24/7 trying to develop as a football player."

On whether he feels a difference between the quarterbacks throwing him the ball:
"No, my job as a receiver is to get open and catch the football."

Eagles RB DeMarco Murray

On getting out there in this offense and against a live defense:
"It felt good, it obviously felt good to be out there with my teammates. I thought we had two good drives and obviously we need to watch film and learn from the things that we didn't do so well. And continue to do the things that we did well and continue to grow from those things. I thought it was a good first game."

On what is was like to finally do it at game speed after working with the pace in practice:
"It was great. Like I said, the communication level was awesome tonight from [C Jason] Kelce to Sam [QB Bradford]. Everyone was on the same page so I think that was the most important thing. We were able to get lined up fast and we were able to get plays off fast and run them efficiently."

On how he thought QB Sam Bradford handled himself and the offense and being back for the first time:
"I thought he did well. I thought he was comfortable in the pocket. I thought the offensive line gave him enough time to throw and make decisions. I thought he looked good."

On if we got a glimpse of what this running attack is going to look like once the season starts:
"I don't know, we'll see. Obviously we have a good group of running backs. [RB Ryan] Matthews and [RB Darren] Sproles, those guys are very phenomenal, great guys who work extremely hard. So it's going to be hard for teams to really focus on one running back and I think it is going to be good that we are all going to be fresh and going in and out of the game."

On what he thought of OLB Terrell Suggs' shot at QB Sam Bradford's knees:
"Honestly I didn't see it but its football and I thought he bounced back from it. But I didn't think too much of it."

On his first experience [after playing against the Eagles all these years] here in town playing in front of the big crowd:
"It was awesome. Like I said, since I have been here the fans have been phenomenal. A lot of passion, emotion and enthusiasm comes in from those guys. As players we feed off of that. The energy was awesome tonight and it was great to play in front of the fans."

On if his mindset changes at all when he gets in the red zone, specifically when he is around the goal line:
"Not necessarily. I just try to do my job and make sure that I am doing the little things right and make sure I am not making mistakes down there or getting too antsy to try to get a touchdown. I think we did a good job of blocking and the offensive line did an incredible job tonight."

Eagles RB Kenjon Barner

On the advice RB Darren Sproles has given to him and how it has helped:
"I'm in Darren's back pocket twenty-four-seven. Anything that guy tells me, I listen to. For pre-game I was able to watch him and then go back and have about a five-10 minute conversation with him about where the ball was going to drop, how it was going to turn, who was booming it and who wasn't. Sproles plays a big part in my success in the punt return because he's always in my head."

On whether he sees a competition at running back with RB Raheem Mostert:
"He's a beast; he's going out there trying to make the team just like myself. He's going out there trying to put plays together for himself just like I am. I couldn't be prouder of him. We both had a solid week of practice and we went out and performed this week."

On what he can do to improve his game:
"Everything, you can't get complacent in this game. Just like it was said just now I'm in a battle. I'm in a battle with Raheem, I'm in a battle with RB Kevin [Monangai] so I constantly have to get better. I constantly have to evolve, I can't get complacent with where I'm at."

Eagles Offensive Tackle Jason Peters

On whether Terrell Suggs' low tackle on Sam Bradford was intentional:
"I think so. He was trying to take a cheap shot at the quarterback.  I'm pretty sure he planned it, I mean we've practiced against them all week so he was probably thinking about it. He took off; he didn't shake our hand after the game he just took off. So I didn't get a chance to say something to him after the game."

On his thoughts about how Sam Bradford played tonight in limited action:
"I think he did well, he looked smooth. I think we have to keep him cleaner in the pocket. I think he took a couple of shots and we just have to eliminate that. But he looked real good"

On whether there should be some disciplinary action against Terrell Suggs for his hit on Bradford:
"I hope so, because he hit him low and he tried to hit him around his knees, so I think so. I really don't know him personally, he talks a lot and I think he's that type of player, who is dirty and will take shots on the quarterback. I really don't know him personally though."

On the message Bradford sent by getting hits and still being able to play:
"He's a tough guy.  He stood right back up and took another hit and then took us all the way down the field and we scored. That says a lot for Sam."

On what it means for the offense to have two powerful running backs in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews:
"It means a lot for us to have two powerhouse running backs because any one of them can score and that makes our offense that much more potent."

Eagles Center Jason Kelce

On what he thought about QB Sam Bradford's debut:
"I think Sam [Bradford] did great. I'm just happy for him to finally get back out there and play in a game situation after the injury. It seemed like he played great, we went down there and scored a touchdown. So I'm just happy for him and happy that he went out there, took a few hits and got back up.  I'm sure he feels a lot better and a lot more confident now and he's ready to go."

On his thoughts about the LB Terrell Suggs hit:
"I had some words that I exchanged with Suggs right after that. I'm sure that's something they're taught, to tackle the quarterback out of the read option. But it was a little weird that he went right after the knees, but I don't think it was anything malicious on his end. I want to keep what was said on the field but I think that's something they are probably coached to do and are told to do on the read option. I don't think it was particularly dirty for him to hit the quarterback, I just thought it was a little weird that he went right after the knee area. But looking back on it I don't think it was anything malicious, I just think that he was playing the game, I mean he's a Pro Bowl player and he's been doing this a long time but it's over. It happened and now it's time to move on."

On where he would assess the first team offense after the first two preseason games:
"It's preseason, you always take the preseason with a grain of salt. The defense isn't doing exactly what they would do and we're not doing exactly what we're going to do in the season. There are a lot of different things that are going to take place. But we're moving the ball effectively we're doing what we're supposed to do and I think that we're continuing to get better. I'm happy with the way we've played the first two games but obviously, these are meaningless games in the grand scheme of things in terms of the playoffs and the big picture. But I'm happy with the way our team is going right now."

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