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Kolb Looks To Make Up For Lost Time

For the past two weeks, quarterback Kevin Kolb has only been able to take mental reps as he's been sidelined with an MCL sprain. That's par for the course for a backup quarterback during the regular season. But in the preseason, especially this one in particular, this is supposed to be Kolb's time to shine.

In his third NFL season, the jury is still out as to whether Kolb can be a franchise quarterback. He's completed 17-of-34 passes for 144 yards and has yet to throw a touchdown pass in seven career regular season games. With the Eagles tweaking the final two years of Donovan McNabb's contract, it's hard to envision Kolb taking over the reins and his contract also ends after the 2010 season.

Starting today, Kolb is practicing in a full capacity and he will play Thursday night when the Eagles host the Jaguars. Kolb understands what he's missed out on by not being on the field.

"Sure, that's the time that I get on the field and get those reps that I need and the experience that I need, so missing out hurt me a little bit," Kolb said. "Hopefully, I'll get back in the next two weeks here and get good positive plays."

What could limit his reps in the final two preseason games is the addition of new quarterback Michael Vick. Like Kolb, Vick has not played in the first two preseason games, but that was part of his conditional reinstatement to the NFL. When Vick was signed, questions arose as to how it would affect Kolb's standing with the team. Head coach Andy Reid stated that Kolb is the No. 2 quarterback, but if Vick is going to see any significant snaps on gameday then the Eagles would have to activate all three quarterbacks or make Kolb inactive.

Kolb isn't worried because at this point because he doesn't know how it's going to play out. In fact, Kolb doesn't think Vick knows either.

"I just think he needs to not put too much pressure on himself," Kolb said. "He needs to let the game come back. It's been awhile. We, as teammates, definitely don't want to put that pressure on him. Just let him go out and make the plays that he always made.

"Being with a new group of coaches, everything's going to be a little bit different. The way we do things here is a little different than what he did in Atlanta then obviously, missing out for two years, it's going to take some time. He's working his tail off though after practice as well as during practice. He'll get it back."

Kolb knows that he's going to play on Thursday. After that, it's out of his control.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:52 p.m., August 22

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