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QB Nick Foles

On how excited he is to potentially make his first start: "I'm ready. I'm excited to just play again. Like I've said before, my prayers are with (QB) Mike (Vick) and I just want him to be healthy. It's my time to just go out there, play, do everything I can for this team, and help in any way possible. We just have to play fast."

On whether he has to make a conscious effort not to do too much: "I think that's the key. When you play any football game, you play within yourself and within your talents. No matter what the situation, you play it one play at a time. I have 10 other guys in the huddle who want to play their butts off and do their job. If everybody does their job, we're going to be successful."

On how much input he has on the game plan: "It's just like football. We'll talk. If I feel comfortable with something, I'll say it and if not…I love this offense and our coaches. I have 100% confidence in them. I'm ready to go."

On how the past 72 hours have gone for Foles: "I treat it the same. No matter what type of situation I'm in, I treat it the same. You always prepare yourself when you're the starter. You always want to prepare yourself the same because if something does happen, you don't want to have to change up your routine too much. There will be different things that come along with it, like I'm doing media right now. You always have to prepare yourself in a similar way."

On what he learned about himself from the Dallas game: "I think the big thing is just football. I've played since I was a kid. Of course, it's the highest level there is. I just want to play within myself and play within the offense. This offense is the kind where you accomplish goals and we have plays designed so we can do things. Just stay within the offense and try not to do too much. I have 10 other guys out there with me that I count on every single one of them. We just have to play together."

On having G Danny Watkins back in the starting lineup: "It's great having Danny back. We have had so many guys who have stepped in and played their butt off. No matter who is in there, I know that they are going to give it their all every snap."

On how much he is leaning on QB Michael Vick and the other guys to help him: "I lean on everyone. I'll ask Mike, (quarterbacks coach) Doug (Pederson), and (QB) Trent (Edwards) to help me. Just preparing, I think that'd be dumb for me not to ask them (questions) because they've experienced so much and they've played for so long. I want to know everything they know. They're going to help me and I want to ask questions. I want them to teach me everything they can because Mike is the leader of this team and he's the quarterback. I'm going to do my job right now until he gets healthy."

On what he learned from the last game: "I learned a lot. Things happen when you least expect it. You can't turn over the ball in this league. We had two costly turnovers, and you can't do that. Just play fast and play within myself. We have a lot of great guys on this team and great coaches. We just have to continue to stick together. These have been trying times, and everyone has stuck together. Just stick together, work together, and play as hard as we can for one another."

On what he liked and what he did not like about his performance on Sunday: "I think just going in there and being able to play fast. I think that's the key: play fast, don't be afraid to make mistakes. If I do make a mistake, keeping firing it. I think that's the big thing when you play quarterback; you're going to make a mistake, you're going to fire the ball in there. Something's going to happen and the key (is) you've got to keeping firing the ball, no matter what, because those receivers are going to keep running their routes, those linemen are going to keep blocking, running backs and everything. You have to keep playing. You can't let the last play beat you."

On who makes the first call on offense: "The line will make calls. I'll make calls. We work together as a unit. We've got the running backs back there recognizing things and the key is to work together and be on the same page."

On how fun it was to be back in his element on Sunday: "I mean, it's exciting. I love playing football. I love being out on the field. I love being with the guys in the huddle and just playing the game. So, it was exciting to play the game again, but my job right now is to do whatever I can at the quarterback position and help these guys in any way possible."

On the best piece of advice Vick has given him: "I think the best piece of advice (is) from watching Mike and how tough Mike is. I've watched Mike all year, I've learned a lot from him and the guy's a tough dude. One of the toughest guys I've ever seen. He gets hit, he gets right back up. He gets hit, he gets right back up and he keeps firing. He's not afraid to launch. He's not afraid to fire it. So, he didn't have to tell me that. I learned a lot from him by the way he plays and how hard he plays. He wants to win so badly and he fights. He fights, he gets up and I respect him for that and I always will."

On Sunday's matchup being billed as a battle of rookie quarterbacks: "I mean, it's crazy how it's going on this year. But sometimes, life's crazy and it just happens that way. Right now, we're playing each other, we're starting and we've got to play at a high level."

On whether there is less time for growing pains at the quarterback position: "At any position, at this level, we don't really have much margin for error. But, at the same time, you've got to play fast. You can't be afraid to make a mistake. I think if you're thinking too much and you're worrying about making mistakes and you let mistakes get you down at any level, if (you're) a veteran or if you're a rookie, it's going to mess you up. I think no matter what position, you've just got to play fast and you can't worry about making a mistake at all."

On his time with the Redskins coaching staff at the Senior Bowl: "It was my first time to work with an NFL coaching staff, so it was a great experience for me. A lot of them have been in the league for a while and some are younger coaches, but I really respect them a lot. They helped me grow as a player. I was there for a week and I learned a lot from them just fundamentally and practicing. It was my first time practicing with NFL coaches so just learning from that was my first taste of it. So, I'm thankful for them for helping me in that situation in the Senior Bowl and it was a good experience for me."

On what from his college experience has prepared him for this moment: "I think just my coaches and just playing college football. I had great coaches, great coaching staff, great quarterback coach in (Arizona quarterbacks coach Frank) Scelfo and he's a guy I'll still talk to every week. I'm really close to him. I played in a lot of games in college, so the more you play the game, the more comfortable you get. I threw the ball quite a bit, so the more comfortable you get throwing the ball (the better). I think just playing the game a lot. I mean, that's what helped me. I can't explain it any more. It's not a secret. Playing a lot of football helped me with football."

On his impressions of Washington QB Robert Griffin III at the combine: "RGIII, he's a very energetic guy, very lively. He's an incredible athlete. From talking to him, you know, he's just a really good individual and I have a lot of respect for him. He's been doing a great job, he did a great job in college and he does a great job carrying himself. I respect him a lot."

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