Color Kevin Kolb unconcerned about the absence of wide receiver DeSean Jackson from Monday's practice, the first of four practices this week that wrap up the Organized Team Activies.
"We work together a lot," Kolb said of his relationship on the field with the Pro Bowl receiver. "We did a lot of time in the off-season before mini-camps or anything ever started, so we're gotten a lot of work in and (I) look forward to obviously getting better and working together in the future."
Of course, Kolb and Jackson have been honing their chemistry on and off the field since Jackson was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft, a year after Kolb joined the team. Even though Donovan McNabb was the starting quarterback, Kolb got plenty of practice reps throwing to Jackson. So he's not worried at all Jackson not being at this week's voluntary practices.
On the other hand, Kolb does think it's important for the team that he's here now and has been here for much of the off-season.
"As a quarterback, I think that, you know, you're the one out there delivering the ball, so it's always a little bit different," he said. "I want to be here. I want to get my work in and I always try to get better every single day, even at this time of year."
And, in a year where the reins have been officially turned over from McNabb to Kolb, it's even more important for the rest of the team to get acclimated to an offense run by the new signal caller.
"It's totally different," Kolb said of his outlook now that he's "the guy." "I think the guys understand the tempo and the rhythm out of the huddle and the different things that we're going to do now, just the overall little nooks and things that are different. We're still gelling and we have all of training camp to do it, but we're just working hard and trying to get on the same page as much as possible."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 7:15 p.m., June 7