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Kolb: Same Mindset Moving Forward

Head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that starting quarterback Michael Vick is continuing to make progress in his recovery from a rib cartilage injury, but that Vick is not yet ready to practice. Reid also acknowledged that if Vick is unable to practice at all this week, it's unlikely that he would play Sunday against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons. With Vick sidelined, the first-team reps will once again go to Kevin Kolb, who notched a 103.3 quarterback rating in last week's victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

With Vick's status up in the air, does anything change in Kolb's preparation?

"No," he said, "and that's the way you have to approach it. Obviously we did something somewhat right last week, so that's the way I want to stay and make sure I'm totally prepared if something was to happen."

Kolb did admit that there is an added boost, especially for a quarterback, come game-time when you've had a full week of practice at the helm.

"It's a big difference because there are large game plans that go in for these defenses and we change some things here and there," Kolb said. "You want to have as many reps as possible with a lot of different looks in practice. You have to get your timing down with the guys on that new stuff and make sure you're ready to go whenever the play's called on."

Despite the see-saw at the quarterback position this season, Kolb says his morale is high after showing what he could do last week.

"I tried to go in with a bunch of confidence last week and I'm going to do the same thing this week," he said. "Obviously being a young (quarterback), it grows every week. Hopefully, the better you play the more confidence you gain. That's my mentality and then keep moving forward, regardless of whether it's good or bad."

While the offense has been productive with Kolb quarterbacking the last two weeks, Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson hasn't made quite the same impact that he had when Vick was under center. In the two games in which Vick started and finished, Jackson combined for 288 receiving yards. In the other three games, he only has 73 receiving yards.

"Defenses are doing a good job against him, but I have to do a better job of getting him the ball," said Kolb. "He's a dynamic player and we have to get the ball in his hands ... At the same time, and he understands this, when it's like that, other guys get the chances. We're so talented across the board at the skill positions, in my opinion, that anybody can make a play. So defenses have to give up something to get something else. So we'll try to get (Jackson) the ball, but there are a lot of chances out there and he's doing a good job of opening up holes for everybody else."

Reid said that left tackle Jason Peters will not play this week, as he will have his knee scoped on Thursday. In Peters' place, the starting left tackle will be King Dunlap, who allowed three sacks against the 49ers.

"I have a lot of confidence in King," Kolb said. "He got beat the one time, but that was partly my fault as well. So, whoever's out there, you have to have confidence in them. And I'll tell you what, the offensive line to be able to have those changes come in and out, that's a tribute to be able to consistently jel in the heat of the battle and get it together and make sure that we're ready to go on offense."

Sunday's game against the 4-1 Falcons will also be tough hurdle for the Eagles because of a peculiar wrinkle to their record. Right now, the Eagles are 3-0 on the road and 0-2 at home.

"It's very important (for us to get a win at home), and against a good football team as well," Kolb said. "That's our next step as a team. We've done well on the road. We've had that mindset of we're going in there and we have to take it from you. And we have to bring that same mindset back home and be able to get a tough victory against a good team this week."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:01 p.m., October 13

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