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Vick Preparing To Be Top Backup

As Kevin Kolb ascends to the role of No. 1 quarterback, fellow signal-caller Michael Vick moves from third to second on the depth chart. Vick has made no secret of his desire to become a starting quarterback in the league again, but in the mean time he's focused on becoming the best backup quarterback in the league.

"I just have to continue to work hard, continue to be patient, and provide this team with an excellent backup," Vick said during a break from his morning workout. "That's my goal. Until then, I'm going to keep working hard, maintain and keep my body in shape and hopefully my time will come some time in the future."

Vick was surprised when he heard the news last night that his friend and teammate Donovan McNabb had been traded to the division-rival Washington Redskins, but he also understands the business nature of the league.

"I was shocked a little bit, but hey, you know this is a business and I think Donovan understands the business side of it," he said. "We all have to keep pushing and keep moving forward, that's the most important thing.

"I spoke to (McNabb) last night and he told me to remain confident, poised and persistent. I wished him nothing but the best and he did the same thing for me. I think he'll do a good job down there."

Vick and Kolb have been in the NovaCare Complex participating in the off-season conditioning program together since mid-March, and Vick believes that Kolb is well-prepared to become the main man under center.

"Kevin's been working hard since the first day we got back on the 15th and nothing has changed today," said Vick mid-workout. He's "still the same person, still confident, still has that fire in his eyes and that's what we need."

Meanwhile, Vick says he's made tremendous progress physically in his first full off-season since his release from prison last spring.

"The off-season has been great," he said. "I think this is one of the additions that I needed to add to my regimen in order to get myself back into tip-top playing shape. You know I'm excited about the opportunity that I have here and especially getting my legs back to feeling like concrete again.

"Right now physically I feel like a totally different person, a complete (180) from last year. I feel like I can do more things to help this team."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 11:14 a.m., April 5

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