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RB Brian Westbrook

On whether it is possible for him to outdo what he did last year: "That's definitely my goal: to go out there and try to be better than I was last year. I set those types of goals every year. For the last two years I have been able to achieve those goals."

On why he wants to keep getting better: "You want to be better. You never really want to be the same. It's hard in the NFL to stay the same. You're either going to get better or you're going to get worse. I definitely don't want to get worse; I shoot to try to be better."

On the responsibility that comes along with getting rewarded monetarily: "I think going into last year, the team depended on me a lot and I think they are still going to depend on me the same amount this year. With having (WR) Kevin (Curtis) out, we might depend on the running game a little bit more and put a little bit more pressure on the running backs and receivers to step up a little bit to make more plays and make up that difference for Kevin. I still am going to help lead this team and really do a lot of the similar things I did last year."

On whether he feels more of a responsibility or more pressure to produce: "No, I just feel like I should go out there and continue to be the player I have been in the past."

On whether he expects to attract more attention from defenses this year: "They have to defend a lot of players on our team this year. (TE) L.J. (Smith) has come back healthy, of course (QB) Donovan (McNabb) is back healthy. Hopefully we will get (WR) Reggie (Brown) back out there playing. Of course, we have (WR) DeSean (Jackson) and (RB) Lorenzo (Booker). We have some guys who defenses have to defend against. Hopefully, for me, they'll try to stop those guys so I can get open and make some plays on offense. Really I just want to go out there and work my position and do the best that I can. I think that's good enough."

On whether he feels like the team has more weapons this year: "We have guys who can make plays, there is no doubt about that. They have shown that in the preseason and in the minicamps and things like that. They can make plays. Now it's just that they have to make the plays during the regular season. That's the most important thing. You can make them on paper and in the preseason and things like that, but it really counts in the regular season and that's when everybody has to show up."

On FB Tony Hunt: "He's improving. He is getting better. Tony has only been doing it for two and a half weeks now. He's going to continue to need some work, but I have a lot of confidence in how he is working. He is going out there every day trying to get better. He is staying extra after practice, he is going there early before meetings and things like that. He is trying to do everything he can to be the best fullback. I expect him to continue to improve and be a very good fullback."

On whether playing against a guy like Rams RB Steven Jackson makes him want to outplay the other guy: "My first goal, of course, is to win. Then secondarily, you want to go out there and outperform the guy. Steven is a great running back. He is big, he catches the ball, he runs the ball well. It's a goal for me to try to outdo him a little bit, but also help my team win."

On how ready DeSean Jackson is to play as a rookie: "It's going to be a lot of pressure on him. The good thing about DeSean is that he works very hard. He has basically done everything the coaches have asked him. He's going to have to catch the ball on punt returns and make some plays on offense too. There is going to be a little pressure on him, but I think this is the type of situation that he wanted to come into and now he is going to get the opportunity. We expect big things from him."

On whether they have made any adjustments to the offense: "I think we've really just run our plays and you let the guys outside and L.J. to make those plays that we weren't getting as much last year. Hopefully, we will continue to get better and those eight in the box (situations) will slow down a little bit with Donovan getting healthy and things like that. We have been doing a lot of the same things, but hopefully we will get better at it."

On DeSean Jackson having a swagger as a rookie: "I like seeing that confidence. He is confident in his ability and he has proven what he can do thus far in the preseason. Now, we need to see that in the regular season. I think he understands that the preseason is gone. The regular season is a whole different level than the preseason. It's something totally different. He knows what we expect from him and now he has to go out and perform."

On how important the season opener is: "It's definitely important. You want to get out of the blocks early and start fast. We really haven't done as well as we wanted to do in the openers in the past. That's something that we continue to work on. I think (head coach Andy) Reid has continued to try to improve on those things. We did little things different in camp, which hopefully will help us in our opener to be able to get our legs underneath us and go out there and perform on Sunday."

On the expectations for this team: "Our goal, of course, is to win the Super Bowl. That's what we expect of ourselves. Of course, we want to take that one game at a time. That's our ultimate goal. We want to go out there and try to win every game and get to the Super Bowl. However that comes throughout the season, of course there is going to be adversity and things like that, but we want to win the Super Bowl and that's what we expect of ourselves."

On some of the little things head coach Andy Reid did differently in training camp: "Just small things like the 30-and-over club and letting guys get their legs up underneath them. Small things like that make a difference on the football team. When you have some older guys who are playing at some key positions, they need their legs. Hopefully those types of things will help us in the long run."

On being gameplanned against every week: "I definitely welcome that challenge. I go out every game and I hope I get the ball as much as possible, because I know I can do things with the ball in my hands. If defenses are preparing for me, that's what I'm looking for, because obviously I'm doing something well. I think just going into this season, defenses are going to be hard-pressed to challenge everyone on this team offensively, man to man, or however. They can't stop everybody that we have. I am very confident in the players we have on this team that we can get it done."

On whether he has talked to CB Lito Sheppard about his situation with the team: "I have talked to Lito about a couple things. He has to handle it in the way that he feels he can be successful. He and his agent, I'm sure, have come up with a gameplan to get to their goal, whatever that is. I'm sure they're trying to go about their gameplan to get it done."

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