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QB Vick, WR Maclin, WR Smith, G Watkins

QB Michael Vick

On whether there will be enough balls to go around for all of the wide receivers:"You just keep throwing it to everybody, and when you get the opportunity, just catch the ball. I can't figure out right now what the distribution is going to be, but when your number's called, make the most of it."

On how important it is to get on the same page with WRs Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith:"I think it all comes with time. We just have to continue to get reps. Jeremy and Steve have to shake the rust off and get back into football shape. It'll take about a week or two, but they'll be alright."

On what the receivers will do for the offense:"It's going to be great to have them out there. It's very important for them to be out there with me. We'll be able to stretch the field and attack the opposition vertically and just try and make plays however we can. It's important that they complement [WR] DeSean [Jackson] and take some pressure off him as well."

On how long it will take to get the timing back with Jeremy:"It'll take about two or three days to get the timing back. Me and Jeremy threw a lot in the offseason, and we used to link up at least twice a week. It was just me and him, one-on-one, throwing in the gym. Our timing is there, it's just about getting back and acclimated." 

On the chemistry developing between Vick and the offensive line:"It's just watching the film, correcting the mistakes. It's not a mistake if you don't allow it to happen twice. We have guys that will learn from it, bounce back from it. We have confidence in them and we know the coaches do as well. We'll keep grinding and pushing as well."

WR Jeremy Maclin

On how his first practice with the team went:"It felt good. I was kind of getting my feet back under me a little bit. Over the next few days, we're going to manage my reps and let me get used to it."

On how he felt conditioning-wise:"I feel alright conditioning wise. It's just with being out there running routes. I haven't done that in a while, so there's definitely some work I need to do. Like I said, I think I'll get back to my normal self pretty soon."

On how he expects the workload to progress leading up to his return:"I think this week they're going to ease me into it and monitor my reps, and then they'll let me loose next week. I don't know what that entails, but I think I'm going to back to being the same guy I was before this."

On whether he will play in the regular season opener at St. Louis:"There is no doubt about that, yeah."

On whether the way he feels physically leads him to believe he'll be ready for week one:"Yeah. If this was a regular season game this Thursday, I would play then."

On how much it helps the receiving corps to have him back out there:"Yeah. I'm looking forward to getting back out there with the guys and helping the team any way I can. I'll be kind of resuming my role again. I just need to get this rolling and get where I need to be."

On whether he will play on Thursday against the NY Jets:"I have no idea. A lot of times, the ones don't play in that game. I'm going to get some consideration since I haven't played in the preseason yet, but that's all up to the coaches and what they want to do."

On whether a competition between him and WR Steve Smith exists as far as getting reps in:"They have a plan for putting guys in the right spot. We're all looking forward to the game plan that [offensive coordinator] Marty [Mornhinweg] is putting together and see where guys are at, and go with it after that. I'm a pretty competitive person, so I think I'm in good shape."

WR Steve Smith

On how it was to be back practicing:"It was great just to be back out there with my teammates and hearing the calls from Vick. It was really fun."

On whether he expected to be back practicing so soon:"Yeah I did. I was pretty ahead of schedule. Just from working with the coaches and the training staff, they're really good with rehabbing so it's good."

On whether or not he has to be eased in because he is learning a new offense:"Yeah. I stayed after with [QB Mike] Kafka and ran some routes and some plays. It was good to get out there with Vick and catch some balls from him."

On how he feels physically after his first practice:"I feel good. It's going to be a test when I'm in press coverage and someone is pushing against me."

On how much of an adjustment it is to work with new QBs:"Oh yeah, it's an adjustment. [Michael Vick] is a great quarterback, and he's a lefty so it's a little different. I just have to watch the ball all the way in."

On how long it will be before he is at top physical form:"I don't know. It'll take me a few weeks, but I feel really good right now. I don't feel like I'm laboring or I can't cut. I'm doing good so far."

On whether he thinks he'll be ready to play in week one:"I think I'll be able to, it's up to what the coaches and trainers want me to do. I'm feeling good, and as long as we have no setbacks, that's what I'm shooting for."

G Danny Watkins

On the offensive lines play during the first two series against Cleveland:"It's really hard to say. There was some confusion and there was some stuff that we didn't execute the way we wanted to. You look at it on the film and you can see the mistakes that were made. We just had a good practice today, so we're looking to this week and then our first game in St. Louis."

On how much he anticipates playing in the last preseason game:"My whole thing is the more reps, the more experience, the better. I guess it's just going to be up to the coaches."

On whether the coaches have told him that he will start at right guard in the season opener:"Nothing's for sure. I'm not taking anything for granted, that's for sure. If you have a bad play, you have to put it behind you and I feel that's what we did. We were able to get things going and get some drives going, so we're trying to put this game behind us and move forward."

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