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QB Vick, DT Patterson

QB Michael Vick

On whether he is excited to get back out into a game situation: "Yeah, I'm just looking forward to getting back out on the field, playing, 110 percent effort and just doing what I love to do, and that's playing football and playing smart football and having a good time playing the game."

On whether he feels a need for redemption after the game against Pittsburgh: "Absolutely, you know as a competitor and as a player you always want to go out and put on a great performance. And you're able to go back and look at the film and you know why certain things happened the way it happened and what could have been done differently. And like I said last week, that's a positive. I know why I made the mistakes that I made and how I can correct them and I'm just going to go out this weekend and try to put on a great performance. As long as I'm out there, even though it's preseason, it's still a game."

On his thoughts about what he learned from last week's performance: "I mean, I just learned a lot just watching the film. And you know, I don't think I need to go into a big dissertation about what happened. But obviously we all know that it could've been better. And I think it's just playing with a sense of urgency, you know just going out and making sure that you make the right decisions. You know, every interception I threw last week could have been prevented just by making a better decision with the football, that's it."

On whether quarterbacks try different things in preseason: "Sometimes you might play just a tad bit reckless and play faster than you normally play. You know, just trying to get the ball out and trying different things, getting the ball into different receivers' hands. But for the most part you try to stick within the system and do what works."

On whether the games are more important to try and find a groove than normal because there were no offseason mini camps: "Honestly, I wish we could have that time back now. But I think that we have a lot of smart guys on our team and we just have to cram a lot in. But I honestly know, if we would have had OTA's and mini camps we would have been way ahead of schedule as far as what we're doing. But as of right now I like where we're at, we can build from where we are now and I think a lot of good things will happen."

On whether he is gameplanning for the Browns: "Yeah, our schedule is a little bit different this week. So we're preparing as if we were going to play a full game. We just want to go out and put on the best performance possible, play as a unit, play smart and stay healthy."

On his thoughts about DT Mike Patterson being cleared to play: "It's great to have Mike back. You know, everybody is ecstatic to have him back and we're excited to get him back out on the field. And I know he feels the same way and like I said, that instant brought us closer together as a team."

On whether he has seen Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco's tweet about video games: "Chad don't want to play, man. We were supposed to play FIFA World Cup three months ago and I never got a response. So Chad, if you want to play, dial me in. I'll find you (laughing)."

On whether having a couple rookies on the offensive line will present a challenge: "We have rookies out there. But we have faith in them. They wouldn't be on the field if we didn't believe in them. And I think my job as the quarterback is to encourage those guys and help them every step of the way. It's the journey, not the destination. And you know, things are going to happen for those guys; there's going to be learning experiences, there's going to be ups and downs but it's all about how they overcome it and I think that we'll be okay."

DT Mike Patterson

On whether he knows how much he is going to play on Thursday night: "No, I don't know that."

On whether Thursday will feel any different being on the field for the first time since the accident: "I just think for the fact that it's been a long time since I've been able to play football. So I'll just be excited to be back out there with the guys, fans cheering and stuff like that. So emotionally, emotionally I'll be really excited."

On his thoughts about where his fitness level is compared to in year's past: "Well like I said, I'm not too far off. But it's football so everything takes practice and time and stuff like that. So I just need to be patient and continue to work on the things that I need to work on and listen to the coaching staff."

On whether he has a set number of plays for Thursday or whether the coaching staff will see how he's feeling: "I think it's going to be a little bit of both. I'm sure the trainers will be there next to me asking me all kinds of questions and stuff like that. So I'm sure it's going to be a combination of both."

On whether he will try to play in the fourth preseason game: "As long as I've been here we've never had control over it. So you'll have to ask the big man about that."

On whether he will want to play in the fourth preseason game if given the opportunity: "If he says he wants me too just to see me. Most definitely, I will."

On whether it will be tough to keep his focus on the game: "No, just because you know it's two separate things. You just know that they're just trying to see how you're doing health-wise and stuff like that and football's a whole different thing. So it's easy to focus."

On whether the condition will be in the back of his head while he's playing: "Most definitely, that's the good thing about football, it's easy to zone everything out and just go out there and play."

On whether it will or will not be on his mind: "No, it won't."

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