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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury report: "(WR) Brown, DeAndre, he's sick so we're just getting him checked out. (DE) Brandon Graham is making progress; you saw he and (T) Winston Justice out here working, rehabbing and getting themselves back. And then, (WR) Jeremy Maclin is still ill, and I can't get into all that with him, but we're obviously wishing him the best to get better and get back here. And then, really the rest of the guys, everybody else is fine."

Opening remarks: "I would like to introduce and welcome (QB) Vince Young to the Philadelphia Eagles. Again, I thank both he, (agent) Tom Condon, and (general manager) Howie (Roseman) and (president) Joe (Banner) for doing a phenomenal job there for bringing the coaches another good athlete to coach. Vince and I had an opportunity to talk and have a long conversation and I feel very comfortable with bringing him here. I know he's going to come in and fill a spot for us as a backup quarterback that's needed. I could never have made any of these moves, including (trading QB) Kevin (Kolb) without having confidence in (QB Mike) Kafka and the job that he did last year for us and the improvement that I saw him make throughout the year. So I think we have three quality starting quarterbacks, and obviously Kafka's getting a lot of reps here until Vince gets back out and then Vince will jump in, most likely with that second group as long as we can get him caught up to speed which we'll start today. He hasn't had much sleep so we'll try to get him caught up and going here. I liked what I saw the first day out here. Again, I always keep in the back of my mind that these guys haven't played football for 140 days or so. So expectations are high but at the same time I understand the reality of it and I appreciate the work level and the concentration that's going into these practices, both by coaches and by the players. And so, you see a lot of hustle, you see a lot of enthusiasm, you see a lot of young players getting a lot of reps, and veteran players helping them out and coaches coaching their tail off, so that's all good stuff and very positive. So, I look forward to gradually ramping these guys up to where we get them into pads and we can actually play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

On how long he thinks it will take Young to get caught up to speed with the offense: "Yeah, no it is different, it's different probably than any of the offenses he's run, but I'm okay with that. He's a sharp kid, he'll be fine. The other two quarterbacks – first of all he has a great supporting cast with coaches and players. So the other quarterbacks will work with him, (quarterbacks coach) Doug (Pederson) who's as familiar with this offense as anybody and (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg). So he has a good supporting cast around him to help him get caught up. And listen, he's a sharp kid and he'll be fine with it."

On which cornerback is going to play nickel: "Well, we'll see, we'll see how all of that goes. Right now for this camp with the people here it's (CB) Joselio (Hanson). So we'll just see how things go. I have a lot of trust in Joselio."

On whether he knows when CB Asante Samuel will report to camp: "I don't. No, I don't."

On whether CB Nnamdi Asomugha will play right or left cornerback: "Yeah, listen he's played more on the right side so I'll probably start him off there in familiar territory and then we'll go from there. I'll talk to him when he comes in, but right now that's kind of my thinking."

On whether he's had a chance to talk to Asomugha and his interest in coming to play for the Eagles: "I did have a chance to talk to him to answer the first part of that, nice long conversation with him. He's obviously very excited to be here and I know with the rules the way they are for the free agent events, all of the guys here, Babin he had to stand out here and watch so that was killing him, the guys the have to stand and watch for whenever they're allowed to start up is tough. But listen, he was fired up. He can't wait to get back here and get going. You're talking about a very intelligent guy and I think everybody you talk to, and you've been in this league a long time so you've known him a long time and you're getting a top notch person and a very intelligent player. But to answer your question he was fired up."

On how he sold him on the Eagles: "Well I thought all of the teams were very similar, but I told him we had the best media in the league (laughing). Listen, those are great teams, the other teams that were talking to him. The players need to also have a want. And so, he liked what we had to offer here, and you can ask him when he gets in, for whatever reason. And that was a good thing, that's a plus. But it's a good opportunity for him."

On whether Asomugha gives the team an ability to do things different schematically on defense: "Both of those guys give you a little bit of size and you add Asante in there. So you have good size and skill, big bodies that can move around. And in our division we have some pretty decent sized receivers, strong receivers. So this helps, and that's not taking anything away from (Joselio) because I feel like Jose's a starting corner too, so I have a lot of trust in him and the things that he does. So it really gives us a good group of corners there."

On whether the team is thinking about trading Samuel: "Well listen, right now we have the three corners so that's the way I'm looking at it. I'm not moving forward on that. I'm sitting here with three guys, I know that's workable because we've done it before. So that's where I'm at. There are a lot of head football coaches in the league that would love to have this situation and I'm lucky enough to have it and I'm very thankful to Howie and Joe for giving us this opportunity."

On whether he has talked to Young and what he saw in Young: "Well, I'll back you up. I had an opportunity when Vince was coming out (of college) to talk to him. I spent a couple of days with him at the Maxwell Awards and had a great visit with him down there even though I knew we weren't going to draft him. He actually approached me which is unusual for a kid coming out of that caliber, he approached me and talked to me about (QB) Donovan McNabb, you know, what were the things that made Donovan successful. And then I think he went down and captured the audience that he was talking to when he spoke at the Maxwell's. I was impressed by him. And then, listen, things happen in this league and I understand that. I mean, I know how things work; it's not the players fault, it's not the team's fault. He had one of the all-time great coaches in Jeff Fisher and he was with a phenomenal team, but things happen. The one thing that you know about Vince Young is that he wins football games. I mean, you can say whatever; whatever somebody has an opinion on they can have an opinion on this guy wins football games and he loves to play the game. And so I've told you before those are the guys I want. Man, I love surrounding myself with that energy. These guys, they come in and they're vicious competitors and so I welcome those guys."

On whether he envisions Young in a traditional quarterback role or in special packages: "I haven't gotten that far, but I appreciate you asking. I'm not quite there. I want to get him caught up to speed and that's the primary goal right now, getting his caught up to speed so he can go out there and let his ability show."

On what Fisher said happened with Young in Tennessee: "Listen, Jeff and I are friends, I would never disclose that. I would never go there what we talked about. But I will tell you that most of it was good. Jeff's a class guy and this kid's a class kid and I have a lot of respect for Jeff Fisher, a lot."

On how he would describe the overall talent added to the team over the past 48 hours: "We've added some good football players and that's what it's all about, competition like that. Listen, I welcome that, I like that and now we have to coach and teach and do the right things there to make sure these guys get caught up to speed and make sure that they're all in as an Eagle and they understand the system, the whole deal. So that's exciting, that's what makes this such a great game, part of it."

On whether it's hard as a coach to figure out when to push the players harder: "I think we have a good plan for it. So I'm sensitive to the guys – you have these different stages of players coming in, I'm okay with that, I can work with that, that's alright. We've thought it through and talked about it, not a problem. We'll get them caught up. We have some time here so we'll get them caught up and ready to go and try to keep them injury free and ramp it up as we roll here."

On whether the organization's body of work is a selling point for potential free agents: "Well listen, I know that talking to all of those guys that that was a concern of theirs or a want, maybe not a concern as much as a want. They wanted to come to a team that put them in a chance to strike. And so, I appreciate that, I welcome that and we're all on board with that. So that's what we strive for every year and then we go through the process, and the process is hard work and learning what you need to do. I know quite a little bit about Nnamdi because of Al Davis; I'm close with Al Davis and I think he's one of the great minds that's been in the National Football League. He has phenomenal eye for talent, I mean, phenomenal eye for talent. And so, I know that he really loved this kid and spoke highly of him as a person and as a player, so I took that into consideration."

On whether there is anything further he can say about Maclin: "I really can't talk about it until he gets up here. And that's no pressure on him or I'm pushing. I just want what's best for him and that's all I care about right now. This is a personal thing and I can't go any further than that. When it's taken care of here then we'll talk, but right now – I'm saying you guys – I've had a chance to talk to him every day and we all love the kid. He's nothing but toughness and grit and everything, he loves to play the game, but we just have to get this part taken care of."

On whether Maclin is dealing with the same thing he was at the beginning of the offseason: "Listen, I can't get into any of the details on this."

On whether he sees adding a veteran linebacker in the near future: "Yeah, we'll see how it goes. I kind of like the group in there. I want to give them reps because we drafted these kids and all of the sudden the line is too deep and then you don't get to evaluate them. So these last few days have been very good to see the improvement, who can handle what, and so I'm not in a big hurry there, but I'm not going to tell you that we wouldn't add to that group. At the same time a couple of those young guys have some talent it looks like."

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