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McNabb Wants To Spread It Around Vs. Jags

Donovan McNabb is looking forward to getting more playing time this Thursday against the Jaguars because it means he'll be able to spread the ball around more than he has in the first two preseason games.

"We haven't been able to do as much as we want to do," McNabb said about the Colts and Patriots games. "In this game we look forward to doing that, getting DeSean (Jackson) more involved, getting (Jeremy]) Maclin more involved, getting Brent Celek more involved, get Kevin Curtis and Jason Avant more involved.

"But when you run about 20 plays in both games, you're not able to spread the ball around as much as you want to. We want to do that in this game and hopefully be ready when the time comes against Carolina."

But McNabb knows that the bulk of the media attention regarding Thursday's game will be the likely debut of Michael Vick in an Eagles uniform. McNabb said he thinks Vick is ready for the opportunity.

"He's pretty much been in a West Coast offense," McNabb said. "Right now he is just trying to get his feet up under him and get comfortable with what we are doing.

"He's doing a good job. I think he's doing a really good job."

McNabb has also been impressed with the progress of rookie running back LeSean McCoy throughout the preseason process.

"It's only been two games," McNabb said, "And he's been through a training camp where we kind of put him to the test where he pretty much had to take every rep because Brian (Westbrook) has been out.

"He's been doing a great job with it. Rookie or veteran, there are going to be some holes that are there where you are going to look great and some that are not, and you just have to get what you can get, get one or two yards and go to the next play. We all know that he was a guy coming out of college that can make you miss and pick up big yards after a move and you don't want him to change that. You want him to keep that same style and also understand that in some situations you have to put your shoulder down and run a guy over for an extra two yards. I think he's learning that right now. With Brian coming back he can get a chance to see that happening right in front of him instead of Brian continuously telling him about. He's going to play a major part in our offense and we are excited to have him."

Most of all, McNabb can't wait to start his 11th season under center for the Eagles.

"We've had a lot of success here," he said, "And I think the comfort level of myself, as well as with Andy (Reid) and the organization, of knowing that we have the best chance of winning when I'm out there.

"I try to get better every year to try and put us in a position to possibly win a Super Bowl. We've been very close and we've actually gotten to a Super Bowl, so the door is still there and open for us to continue to achieve that goal. I think that's probably part of the reason why (I'm) still keeping the tenure here with the same team ... We just want to continue to do the right things here and hopefully be able to achieve that goal when the time comes."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:06 p.m., August 24

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