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S Nate Allen

On whether he was getting antsy after missing the first day of practice: "I was sitting at home, and yes I was getting pretty antsy. I was watching press conferences online, but I'm excited to be up here finally and get to work."

On his opportunity to play right away: "I feel good and like you said it's an opportunity. I just know I have to learn as much as I can because I'm still learning and just getting in with the veteran guys and the coaches and just trying to take advantage, make plays and help the team win."

On his thoughts about getting to camp: "Every rep counts and I knew that sitting at home. I was talking to my agent, pushing him like, 'Hey, when's a deal going to get done?' because I was just ready to get up here and start working. I felt like I was getting behind, but I'm glad to be up here finally."

On why signing a deal took so long: "I have no idea. I was letting my agent deal with the business side of it and I was just looking at my playbook and just getting ready to play football. That was the main thing."

On how he has been preparing this past week: "I've just been in Philly working out and just in the playbook getting ready to come up to camp. This last week I've been kind of zoned out because I was thinking I was going to be here on the 26th. But I finally got up here today and I just kind of zoned out and have been in camp mode."

On his interaction with veteran players: "Everybody was real respectful right off the bat and they've helped me along the way, (S) Quintin Mikell, (S) Macho (Harris), all the vet guys. I just know I need to come in and not hold anybody back as far as knowing the plays and everything and learn from them."

On whether he is concerned about losing repetitions and the starting safety position: "I was just looking to get here and get to practice and start working. I really wasn't worried too much about whether or not I'm still starting or not because just getting here was good with me."

On everything happening so fast on the field: "It was fast, but you just need to take it, it's an opportunity. You just need to run with it because it's your chance to show what you can do and you just need to learn as much as you can. That's what I'm trying to do right now."

On when his arrival time was last night: "About 11:30 pm."

On whether any of the players were still awake: "No, I was the last one in and the last one to go to bed last night. I was just waiting to sign."

On who his roommates are: "(CB) Trevard Lindley and (S) Kurt Coleman."

On whether his roommates were asleep when he arrived: "Oh yea, they were knocked out because I didn't get into my room until about 2:30 am. So, it was a late night last night."

On players saying anything about his late arrival: "This morning I got it a little bit, but it was all fun and games. It was all a joke."

On the media buzz about missing practice: "I had heard stuff, but I tried not to pay too much attention to the news and just try to focus in on what I need to do. Especially being a rookie, I have a lot to learn and I just tried not to get caught up in the other stuff. It's just getting the playbook down mainly and getting ready for the season."

On his first day and how he adjusted to the speed of the game with little sleep: "I feel good. I just need to seize the moment. Regardless of how much sleep you get, you have to play ball still. I have a job to do and I have to do it."

On what he was doing between his arrival at 11:30 pm and 2:30 am: "I was sitting around and waiting because there was still some negotiating, I guess, some small stuff on the contract. I'm not sure exactly what, but they were still negotiating some things."

On what he was doing in those hours between 11:30 pm and 2:30 am: "I was sitting around talking because I was dead tired. I was on the couch and almost fell asleep a couple of times, I was waiting."

On whether he could get into his room: "No, I couldn't get into my room until I signed, so I was just sitting in this little living room of one of the dorms across campus."

On the speed of the game: "There's definitely a difference because these are the top guys and it's going to get even faster when the vet guys get here. So, it will be exciting. I'm ready."

On his knowledge of the playbook: "I feel confident in what we doing so far, but I have a lot to go and I have a lot to learn still. It's just getting comfortable in it because I've only been in the system a couple of months, but that's no excuse. I have to take it and run with it and get in the playbook."

On his wake up call: "I woke up at about 6:15 am this morning."

On how to catch up on lost sleep: "I mean any chance you get you try to sleep as much as you can. But you still have to look over the playbook and get the mental part of the game down."

On dropping the ball in an early drill and what was on his mind being the new guy: "It was a wake up call, I guess you could say. Just don't drop the ball. I don't know what happened on that, but those pushups definitely woke me up."

On pressure being picked with the pick acquired for QB Donovan McNabb: "Not really as much something to prove. I'm going to come out and be myself and just play my game. But, definitely, I want the Eagles to feel like I can come in and produce right away and that I was a good pick for them."

On him sitting out one day and comparing it to what is on DE Brandon Graham's mind: "It's killing him. They were talking to him and he was just saying it was killing him not being here and it was killing me too because I know when I was at home I was texting the guys who were here. I was texting Kurt and Trevard and I was just asking them how practice was and what was going on. I can just imagine how Brandon is feeling right now."

On him talking to Graham yesterday: "Yea, and Kurt, and Trevard because they were here and I was just asking them how practice was, it was killing me."

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