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QB Vick, G DeVan, WR Smith

QB Michael Vick

On his comfort level going into this game with the receivers: "I am very comfortable with my receiving core. They're comfortable and confident in their abilities. They've been in this league for three or four years, all of them, and they know what to do."

On whether he worries that WR DeSean Jackson will play hesitantly: "No, I mean, the game we play, you know, it's always risk involved whether you've got a contract or not. Any down could be your last. The thing I've learned is you have a high tendency of getting hurt when you go out and play lackadaisical and play not to get hurt. That's what happened to me in 2003, so you know, the thing is to go out and give 110 percent and let things take care of itself."

On the emotions he will have Sunday morning: "It's going to be good to be back out there, man. I'm just excited right now. Our entire team is excited, you know, our organization is. We're just ready to play, man. I mean, we didn't even know if we were going to have a season a couple months back, so now we're in a position to go out and play in front of the world. This is the greatest game on earth. We get the opportunity to give the fans what they want to see. The NFL is back."

On whether DeSean will have his contract on his mind: "Obviously it's going to be on your mind if it's something that you want, but me and DeSean talked and he understands that you only can control what you can control. I think DeSean is going to go about it the right way, and I think that will pay dividends for him down the road. I think the most important thing right now is just to focus on football, and things will take care of itself. Just be happy, be honored and privileged to be in the position that you're in, because everybody doesn't have the opportunity at the end of the day. On the same note, everybody's not blessed with the talent that DeSean has, and can't to do the things that he can do. It's a tough situation to be in, but he'll be okay, and at some point things will happen for him."

On whether he watched the Thursday night game: "Last night's game was probably was probably one of the best games I've watched in a long time. You know, (Green Bay Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) and (New Orleans Saints QB) Drew (Brees), they did great, they're the best. You know, I admire those guys, and that game last night made me want to go out and play on Sunday, it actually got me excited. It was just a totally different feel in practice for me today, my mindset is different, and you know, I'm just excited about the opportunities that we have."

G Kyle DeVan

On how much of a challenge stunts will pose: "I've played against teams that want to blitz us, want to stunt us, and I'm sure all these guys have, but no matter what they're going to do, it doesn't matter, we've still got to use our technique and our footwork to block it. If they start stunting, start blitzing, well you know what, we're going to have to block it up, and switch it up real quickly. You know, the number one thing in football is keep (QB) Michael Vick clean, so I don't want his jersey getting dirty out there."

On how important it is early on to get everyone comfortable and settled down: "I mean, I don't know about you guys, I'm comfortable. I'm not feeling antsy out there when I'm blocking for Michael. I think we'll all be comfortable going out there. We'll all be ready to go; we'll all be fired up. It might take him (Vick) a series or two know, well, 'Kyle's not going to get beaten inside or outside, he's going to block his guy the best he can do, and try to keep him on the line of scrimmage,' and know that he'll be able to step up in the pocket, because philosophy-wise that's what we want him to do. We want to keep the middle of the pocket firm, let him step up and complete a ball."

On whether he feels that the line is comfortable together after only a few days of practice: "Yeah, I mean, I don't feel uncomfortable. I'm not going to say I'm scared out there, no, absolutely not. I think me and (G/T) Todd (Herremans) have gotten a good couple days of work together. We've been talking every day 'hey, how do you want to set this, how do you want to deal with this, how do you want to deal with that,' 'okay, well this is what we did in Indy,' Todd's like 'this I've done here,' and we've kind of taken that and created our own style, together. That's what you have to do on the field. You work next to someone and you know exactly how this player plays, and what his style is, and what he's trying to do every single time.

"You know, (C Jason) Kelce, he's a young kid, he's making his first start in the NFL, and I was there once. I'm really excited for him. I think he's going to be a really good player and is a really good player. So we'll get out there, we'll get his feet wet, and hopefully the game slows down for him, because out in practice it's fast for everyone and in the games it's so much slower. The more we talk as offensive linemen, the better we'll do."

WR Steve Smith

On how he thinks the passing game is going to look: "You know, that's what we have to prove. I think we all know how to play. The preseason is just, you know it's preseason. We've all been tuning, working hard, and I think we're ready to go."

On whether he knows how many reps he will get: "Not sure. (Head) Coach (Andy) Reid has a new package for me, so I don't know, we'll see."

On whether, with all the talent on this team, individual accolades have to be put aside: "Here, you know, they spread it around. Even though we throw a lot, it's spread around pretty good. That's what makes it tough for defenses and I don't have a problem with that at all."

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