Kevin Kolb has prepared all week to be the starting quarterback on Sunday when Atlanta rolls into town, so when head coach Andy Reid announced on Friday that Kolb would start, officially, the news did not faze Kolb in the least.
"I always prepare like that every week (to be the starter). If you don't prepare like that, you're going to be behind the eight ball when he does name me the starter, so I'm excited about it and it will be a good test for us," said Kolb. "We want to get our first victory (at home this season).
"I'm excited about getting back out there again and hopefully getting another victory."
Kolb took all of the first-team reps in practice during the week after his fine performance in San Francisco when he completed 21 of 31 passes for a touchdown. He built on the playing time he saw in the second half of the Washington game and led the Eagles to the win over the 49ers.
This will be the third straight week with significant playing time, a first for Kolb in an NFL regular season. So if timing and practice reps and game snaps mean anything, Kolb should be at his best against a good Atlanta defense.
"Yeah, that's the plan. You hope that is the way it goes," said Kolb. "You have to be ready for anything that happens, though. The big thing is for us to win. I don't care how my stats end up. We just want to end up with the victory."
Michael Vick took part in practice on Friday working with the scout team and could be available for some kind of action on Sunday. Reid did not say on Friday where he thought Vick would fit in starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 1:46 p.m., October 15