All eyes will be on quarterback Kevin Kolb as he leads the Eagles into their preseason opener this Friday night against Jacksonville. Thousands of fans have seen a glimpse of what he can do during training camp, but now that he's "the guy," Lincoln Financial Field will be packed to see the beginning of a new era of Eagles football.
And Kolb is ready to showcase what this team can do.
"We've been sharp here the past couple of days," said Kolb. "We want to see what it's like game speed and game atmosphere.""
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg heaped praise upon Kolb for the way he's performed in camp to date.
"Kevin's done an outstanding job. He certainly has the ability to play at a high level, and we're getting all of our hard work and preparation done," Mornhinweg said.
Kolb has seen his offensive line, wide receivers and running backs battle through a number of injuries during this camp. It's not only given Kolb an opportunity to work with the different players, but it's given the players a chance to earn Kolb's trust if called upon. Kolb added that he's "very confident" going into the game with most of the team's starters ready to go. Head coach Andy Reid will update the injury situation following a walkthrough on Thursday morning.
While Kolb has directed the offense in numerous live drills, Friday night will be the first time that he can actually be sacked by the opposing team. Mornhinweg lauded Kolb's quick decision making throughout camp.
"He's doing an outstanding job and we're giving him a bunch of work versus the blitz, and he's done an outstanding job of that,"" Mornhinweg said. ""As you know, it takes players around you to play at that high level, and so those other players are doing a fine job in all of those periods, as well."
Kickoff is set for Friday night at 7:30 PM. How much of Kolb will we see exactly? Reid will address that as well on Thursday.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:30 p.m., August 11