All eyes will be on the return of quarterback Michael Vick on Thursday night when the Eagles host the Jacksonville Jaguars (7 PM, 6abc/ETN).
Of course, a large factor in what Vick does will be determined by how head coach Andy Reid incorporates him into the offense. Reid said that Vick will play and it will be in the first three quarters of the game with the first-team offense. Vick will not play in the fourth quarter when Kevin Kolb is engineering the offense.
But the other factor in how Vick looks will be the defense that he plays against. And the Jaguars are admittedly "star struck" by Vick's presence.
"I'll be a bit star struck," defensive end Quentin Groves told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. "He's a great athlete, and what he does on the field doesn't go away with being locked up in a cell."
Vick spent 19 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting operation. He's been with the Eagles for less than two weeks, but has progressed enough that Reid will give him a chance to show what he can do Thursday night. The Jaguars' first-team defense has not spent any time game planning for the Wildcat formation. In fact, the Jags' starters will not see that much time at all. It's the team's third preseason game in 11 days. However, the Jags certainly don't want to be embarrassed on any highlights.
"I think it's going to be great," said defensive end Reggie Hayward. "He needs to get his feet wet back in the NFL. He needs to get acclimated to playing fast-paced football. I'm glad to see he's back in the league and he's comfortable with a team and that he's showing a lot of remorse for that, and now it's time to focus on football."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:50 p.m., August 26