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QB Kevin Kolb, FS Nate Allen and FB Leonard Weaver

QB Kevin Kolb

On whether he felt he got the reps he needed: "Yeah, I think so. And I think a lot of it was injuries and guys coming back and trying to get everybody on the field and get a feel for everybody. It was good intensity. I thought everybody wanted to do great and they battled through some injuries and like you said, we got the four or five days that we really wanted to have."

On whether his relationship with TE Brent Celek off the field helps with their chemistry on the field: "Oh, Absolutely. Brent and I are roommates on the road, roommates in training camp. So, there are no issues there and we get a lot of work in after practice and so one practice isn't going to hurt him."

On how his relationship with Celek helps him: "I think Brent is a quarterback on the field. He knows what I'm thinking most of the time and so, our timing is usually pretty good and there are usually no question marks with any decision that he makes on his routes."

On whether he is excited for Friday's game: "I think that we made huge steps the last four or five days. I thought the offense has really come together and we want to be sharp on game time and hopefully we can get our work done and get out of there."

On how G/C Mike McGlynn is handling the first-team reps at center: "Great. He's done a great job. He's a confident kid, and he's smart. He's going to go in there and not miss a beat, and not be afraid of anything. He's battling his tail off, and that's what you want from a guy who's going to get a chance."

On how much he is looking to forward to Friday night's game against Jacksonville: "Yeah, we're very excited about it. We've had a good three days here with our offensive group. I think we've really sharpened things up. We're ready to put it on the field and see what we've got, and see what we need to work on."

On how confident he feels going in his first game as the team's starting quarterback: "Very confident. I think we've got all of our pieces back pretty much. Of course, some of the offensive line are still dinged up, but we've got a lot of guys back out there and like I've said, we've been sharp here the past couple of days. We want to see what it's like game speed and game atmosphere."

QB Mike Kafka

On whether he will have to calm himself down before his first NFL game on Friday: "It's going to be exciting. It's going to be pretty jacked up. But, I have some time because I know Kevin and (QB) Mike (Vick) are going to get some reps. So, I have to kind of settle down and take it in a little bit. But, yeah, it's going to be fun and I'm going to enjoy watching everyone and the team really get after it."

On whether the speed of the game has slowed down at all for him:"I think, as you keep on learning, as you keep on growing those types of things are going to happen. So, I feel that I'm at that point where - for the most part - I'm nowhere near where I want to be or where I need to be, but I'm getting there."

DE Trent Cole

On whether there are any defensive rookies standing out: "(DE) Brandon Graham, he's a great pass rusher. I think he has a lot of tools he came in with and he's going to develop into a great pass rusher."

On how he is feeling: "I'm doing great. I'm ready for the season and ready to get into a preseason game and go out there and test it out again. I'm pretty excited for the season and everything. So, I'm looking forward to a big season and going to the Super Bowl."

FS Nate Allen

On whether he feels that practice was lighter today because the first preseason game is just two days away: "Definitely. Two days is game time, so I mean you just want to have high energy going into the game, and just have your legs back under you."

On how much he has been thinking about the preseason opener against the Jaguars: "A lot. It's a big one for me. This is my first NFL game, even though it is preseason, I'm still going into it like it's the Super Bowl. I'm excited."

On whether it's hard to have the jitters for the game while he is still at Lehigh: "No, I mean, if you start thinking about it a couple of days before, and then game day you're kind of zoned out."

On how ready he believes he is for his first game: "Good, I'm confident in the playbook and what we've got to do. I'm excited. I'm ready to go."

On how he has caught up as a rookie starter from the beginning of training camp to now:"You just have to stay in the playbook. It's just asking a lot of questions. I feel I've come along pretty well, but I've still got a lot of work to do. I'm just looking forward to getting under the lights and playing."

On whether he is looking to show that he can hit somebody: "Yeah, I'm just ready to go out there and make plays, whatever it is, interceptions, big hits, just go out and make plays."

On whether there is something he can point to that shows how much he has learned during training camp: "Probably just how comfortable I am with the defense. As far as my alignments, all of my assignments, things are starting to slow down a little bit. It's still going out there and just starting to get more comfortable."

On whether there is something he feels that he needs to do to get out of the way on Friday night against Jacksonville: "Yeah, just a big hit, kind of wake yourself up. You're in a game now. I'll be energized, though. It'll be high energy, I'm not really worried about it. I'm ready to go."

FB Leonard Weaver

On whether he is counting down the hours until Friday night's game:"I am. I'm very excited. It's going to be a great opportunity to go out and hit somebody else; have a little fun, compete a little bit, and get to show off what you've been working on at training camp, so it's going to be fun."

On whether coaches have eased up since Monday's "live" period: "Yeah, it's been great, too. They want us to be able to compete at a high level. It's good to get your legs back under you after a tough camp like (head coach) Andy (Reid) has been holding here. We're excited to get back down to Philly and play in front of the fans, in front of the home crowd, and have a little fun."

On whether he has ever played in an offense with as many weapons as the Eagles have: "Yeah, I was in Seattle in 2005, we went to the Super Bowl. We had a lot of weapons then, similar in some ways, but one thing I can say is, the talent in terms of the youth we have, is just awesome, and the experience has been great, so it's been cool."

On what kind of training camp WR DeSean Jackson has been having: "He's been having a pretty good camp. I know he got injured before, so he kind of missed a couple of days, but he's one of those players that can come back, and he's obviously showed that today catching the ball and really focused and determined to do what he needs to do to get back on top."

On whether he sees his role changing at all from last year: "No, I really don't. Unless he calls my number more. That's what I look forward to, if not, hey, I'm going to still do my job, block, and do what he tells me to do."

On whether he feels that the offense has come together the past two or three days: "I think when we first got here, we kind of got together, because everything translated from OTAs. We did a really good job coming together, especially with all of the young guys, so it's been real good, the veterans have been stepping up in leadership. I think we've all been communicating very effectively to one another and I'm really feeling that sense of urgency."

RB LeSean McCoy

On Friday night's preseason opener: "We've been hitting everybody on the same team for so long, I'm just looking forward to hitting someone else, and playing some other team, and get in that groove of studying an opponent and playing them, week in and week out. So, just getting ready for the season."

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