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QB Michael Vick, DE Trent Cole, QB Nick Foles and S Nate Allen

QB Michael Vick

On how he sees these three quarterbacks compete for the backup job compared with other situations: "With this group, first off they're a great group of guys. I enjoy coming to work and being around them every day. I enjoy their work ethic and the hard work that they put in. They're building their craft. One thing we all do right now is compete. I respect them because they're coming in, putting in the hard work, and trying the best they can in order to be the best that they can be. That's all you can ask for. As long as we all continue to compete with one another every day and every game, we should continue to make progress."

On what has impressed him about QB Nick Foles so far: "His poise has really impressed me, his decision making obviously, and he has a big time arm. I think Nick has all the ingredients to be a great quarterback in this league. It may take some time, it may not. He has all the intangibles of what it takes."

On how much he is looking forward to getting extended playing time against New England: "I'm very excited about playing against New England. I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing three quarters, getting into a rhythm, seeing their defense, reacting, and just playing the game and having fun playing the game of football. I'm very excited about that and I can't wait. Right now, we just have to make sure we get the preparation in."

On how important it is to gain confidence and establish continuity by playing well in the preseason: "The continuity is very important. I think you have to be able to jell somewhat and be on the same page. Almost 98% of the time, with the guys that you're around, you have to get comfortable with them and reach that level. Obviously, with each and every practice, we can get better and that's what we strive for. We strive for perfection even though it's kind of far-fetched to be perfect. You can be coached to it."

On what WR DeSean Jackson has to do to be on the same level as his Pro Bowl seasons: "He has to be focused. His mind has to be in tune with football. The most important thing he can do right now is to make sure that he's attentive in the meetings, he's in his playbook, and he understands different coverages so when he hears a play call, (he knows) what it's designed for. It's a lot of responsibilities that he has to bear, but in order to be in the same league with the great ones, those are things that you have to do. From my understanding, he wants to be one of the best at his position and in this league. He's going to have to work for it. I think he understands that, and he's been showing that."

On what he wants to see from the first team offense Monday against the Patriots: "Honestly, we want to go out there and score points. We want to be as precise as we can be with getting in and out of the huddle, the tempo, and just get a feel for where we're at most importantly. I think it's a good test playing against a good defense. They played in the Super Bowl last year, so we'll have an opportunity to see where we stand. We're certainly going to try and go out there and put some points on the board."

On whether he is glad that the dress rehearsal for the preseason is coming against a team that went so far into the playoffs: "Absolutely. This is a great game to go out and gauge our performance, and see where we're at. We have a very tough schedule this year, and I think each and every game is going to be very important. I think we have to take it one game at a time. Our next game is against the Patriots. I think we just need to go out and put on the best performance that we can and do the things that we have been coached to do and we know how to do, and do it with confidence." 

DE Trent Cole

On whether he feels the need to step back and make sure he is going about things the right way: "That's every year. I test myself every year. I'm not getting any younger, so I test myself every year. I make sure that during the offseason, I'm working out and making sure I'm at that level where I need to play at to be successful."

On whether it makes him feel older that T Tra Thomas retired this morning: "Walking out of the auditorium this morning with (T) Todd Herremans and I said, 'Man, our days are nearing.' I still feel like I'm quite a ways from that. I feel great. Congrats to Tra Thomas on a successful and long career. Hopefully, one of these days I can get to that point. I just hope that when I get that chance that I'll know that I've had a great career and at least one Super Bowl under my belt."

On what he has seen going against left tackle King Dunlap: "King is a very tall guy and he can get his hands on you even before he's even set. He's got length. He's like a Tra Thomas, but they're two different styles of players. He's like Tra Thomas because he's very aggressive. I remember going against Tra Thomas when he was here, and he reminds me of King. He's getting there, and he's getting better every single year. I think he's become a great player from just seeing him. If you asked him, me and him started from jump street. It's like me and him were projects, and I tried to give it to him as much as I could, trying to make him better and trying to make myself better. I think he's come a long way. He stuck with it and has kept a good head on his shoulders. I think he's become a good player."

QB Nick Foles

On how different it is to work with the second team: "Really, I'm just approaching everything the same as I always have. I'm trying to get a little better every day. The speed of the game with the twos and threes, we have a lot of talent so it's really just more reps and getting a chance to run more plays."

On whether he feels the pressure of being able to perform at a higher level now that more is expected of him: "Every rep I take is really important and just gaining knowledge - the speed of the game, and how opposing defenses disguise everything. Every rep I take is going to be really beneficial."

On how much he has grown as a quarterback since last time he was here at the NovaCare Complex: "I've grown a lot. It's been two months since I've been here, so I've gained a lot of knowledge of the offense and timing with the receivers, and I played in a game. We had a lot of knowledge heading in the right direction. I've still got a long ways to go, so I'll keep plugging away."

On the opportunity to play with the twos against the Patriots: "It's a great opportunity just to go out there with the twos and get some reps. As far as playing against another team and playing against the Patriots, I can't wait to get out there and play against another opponent. We go against our defense every day in practice, so it's always nice to go out there and play against another team. I can't wait to get out there."

S Nate Allen

On the mindset going into the next game with the most playing time they will get this preseason: "We'll get some good time this game. We'll go in and work and treat it like a regular season game. That's how we're preparing this week. We're putting in our game plan and just getting ready."

On how important it is to establish cohesion as a secondary: "That's big in any secondary. You definitely have to be on the same page, especially going against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Like I said, they're precise, and we have to be ready as a secondary. Everybody has to be on the same page."

On whether last year's regular season game with New England will be in the back of the players' minds: "You just (saw) how great Tom Brady is. He's a heck of a quarterback, and you need to be on the same page mentally as everybody. If not, he'll pick you apart. Any kind of weakness in the defense, he'll spot it right away."

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