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Kolb Leads Offense To 24-Point Half

Kevin Kolb started his first game at quarterback since the fourth game of last year's preseason and showed why head coach Andy Reid has the faith in him to be the unequivocal number two quarterback.

Kolb led the Eagles offense to a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, facing the Jets' starters.

"That was nice because it was (the Jets) first (defense), so we were pumped," Kolb said. "We had some fortunate penalties that moved us down the field, but the running game was there. It was nice to get off to a start like that."

Under Kolb's guidance, the Eagles scored 24 points in the first half. He finished eight of 16 for 110 yards, one touchdown pass, and no interceptions.

"It was good to get out there and get more reps," Kolb said. "I want to make sure I stay ready and stay focused; game in and game out. You never know when something is going to happen in this league, and I definitely want it to be a better experience than last time."

Although the addition of Michael Vick has added an explosive option to the team's offensive attack, Reid has said from the beginning that Kolb is comfortable in his role as the primary backup to Donovan McNabb.

"I've told you before that Kevin (Kolb) is our number two guy," Reid said. "Now, it depends on how we work the roster on game day, but in the long haul Kevin is our number two guy.

"I thought Kevin did a nice job. I thought he handled things well. Again, there are a couple of plays that he'd like to have back, but for the most part he really controlled the offense nicely."

"From the very beginning, I've tried to keep my nose down and keep playing and working hard," Kolb said. "Whatever situation arises, I'll just handle it. There have already been situations throughout my first two and half years, but we're still rocking and rolling. I'll do whatever is best for the team and to keep proving myself."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:01 a.m., September 4

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