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QB Vick, WR Smith, CB Asomugha

QB Michael Vick

On how he is feeling: "I feel good. I feel great and ready to play, nothing feels different. So I feel like I've worked myself back into good condition and playing shape and I'm ready to go."

On whether he felt different in practice over the last couple of days: "Actually, I've felt a lot better in practice; I don't know what that was about, but I felt good, real good."

On his thoughts about the Giants players saying that they're going to come after him: "I mean, I'm a lot better this year than I was last year I feel like, in what we do as an offense. So I think them blitzing us is going to be a good thing."

On his thoughts about what it will take to be feeling comfortable again: "You know, I haven't even thought about getting hit. I play this game to win, not thinking about the consequences of staying in the pocket or running or not or getting hit when I run with the football. So I think you just have to play with confidence and not try to worry about it and put it in the back of your mind and let things play out for itself."

On his thoughts about the job head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder has done throughout the week: "Rick has done a great job following protocol and making sure we took all the proper steps to get me back on the field and make sure that it was a situation that was safe to go out and do so and I commend him for that. And [head coach] Andy's [Reid] been heavily involved, and we've talked on many occasions about how I've been feeling and what direction I wanted to go in. And ultimately it was my decision to go out there and give it a shot yesterday and see how it felt, and it felt good. And practice was sharp; I felt good out there, mentally. So I think it all speaks for itself."

On whether he has to be more careful with everything going on around the league with concussions: "Well, you have to be conscience of it and obviously take it seriously, and I do. You know, I just felt like everything happens for a reason, and if God didn't want me to be out on the field this week then I wouldn't be feeling the way that I'm feeling right now."

On whether there is any reason to think he won't play on Sunday:
"There's no reason to think that I won't play on Sunday. I think after having two good practices, basically I'll be able to go out there, and I'm very excited about the opportunity to go out and play against the New York Football Giants."

On whether he thinks the Giants are going to purposely come after him: "I mean, they want me out of the game because they don't want me in the game. I mean, having to deal with me for 60 minutes, I understand the magnitude of that. So it's fun, it's a game and that's why I'm here. And I play the way I play for a reason and we're going to have fun. I look forward to the challenge, competitively, and we're excited about it over here. I know they've been doing a lot of talking but they're the New York Football Giants."

On whether he has a new helmet: "No, I don't have a new helmet."

On whether he is getting fitted for a new helmet: "No, I'm wearing the same helmet I wore. I'm not going to change anything. I mean, I got hit and it was just the situation I was in at the time, and I hit my own guy, I got swung into him. But I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon. And I'll take precaution when I play, but it's football and it is what it is."

On his thoughts about how he's improved since the game against the Rams: "I've improved a lot in picking up the blitz, in seeing the blitz, knowing where to go with the blitz outlets. We know New York's MO, we know what they like to do, and I've watched them on film plenty of times. I watched all the games from last year. I watched the last two games. I watched them in preseason. So I know what they like to do, so it's going to be a great game and I can't wait until Sunday."

WR Steve Smith

On his thoughts about Vick returning to play so short after a concussion: "Oh yeah, it just shows his competitiveness. He's come out and done all of the testing he's needed to do and prepared himself to play."

On his thoughts about how he's looked in the huddle: "No, he looks good to me. He looks fine. He's just taking command of the huddle and being the captain that he's been."

On whether deep-down he wants to have a big game against his former team: "I want to have a big game every week. So it doesn't matter who I'm playing, I just want to play well."

On whether he thinks he will be a little more involved this week because he's playing against the Giants: "Stay tuned, we'll see."

CB Nnamdi Asomugha

On his thoughts about the defense stopping the run: "It's going to come down to us being in the right gaps and being able to make the plays and everybody rallying around the ball."

On whether rivalry games like this can be dangerous when the other team has so many injuries: "Yeah, I mean, I don't think that anyone here is looking at it that way about their injuries and those sorts of things; we're still seeing the New York Giants and we're still seeing a great football team and a team that loves to try to beat up on the Eagles because of the rivalry. So I don't think anyone is looking into the injuries or anything like that. So there's no danger in it, we're seeing it for what it is, a good football team."

On whether he's seeing more balls thrown his way this season than in the past and how he's adjusting: "Well, it's just going to be different in this secondary. You know, there's so much, everybody has that talent level around so the ball is going to come, and I don't think anybody is going to discriminate or anything like that. But regardless, even in my past in my career, I've always expected it every snap, so I'll continue to expect it every snap."

On his thoughts about what Eagles/Giants week has been like: "There's just been a lot of talk to it, a lot of trash talking that goes on, and so that's all new for me because, for the most part, since I've been here there hasn't been much trash talking from our side at all, and then we come into this game and you start hearing guys talking, there's stuff on tv and the news. So that's the biggest thing that I've seen, but once we get out there on the field I think we'll start to see it a lot more, guys running around, hitting each other, and it being a bigger deal."

On whether he expects to cover the tight ends more: "I mean, we had it in the plans last week, we just didn't get to work it as much as we wanted to the other week. So it's always an option, we have enough corners to where we can matchup and get the right matchups as we move forward. So if we need to, [defensive coordinator] Juan [Castillo] knows that I'm all for it [and] I'll do whatever we need to do."

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