When fullback Leonard Weaver was asked about the addition of quarterback Michael Vick on Thursday night after the Eagles' preseason opener, he looked into the camera and exalted, "Michael Vick, I'm very excited that you're here. I made a shout out to you before man. I can't wait until you're in the locker room."
Weaver became an ordained minister after training with the AME Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. He wants to start a church when his playing days are over. But now, as a Pro Bowl-caliber fullback for the Eagles, Weaver wants to practice what he preaches and give Vick a shot a redemption.
"I think this is going to be a great opportunity," Weaver said. "Everybody deserves a second chance. There are a lot of people out there who are doing things that they haven't got caught, but people already know and they're in position to say something but they're not. I think a second chance for Michael Vick is very important and I think he needs it and deserves it. I can't wait to be a part of it."
Weaver carried the ball twice and gained eight yards. In the second quarter, Weaver got the ball on a third-and-1 and plowed his way after a quick handoff for a 5-yard gain. Weaver can catch, can block and run. He's the most complete fullback that the Eagles have had in years and he got to show everything that he can do for the offense on Thursday night.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson,12:38 a.m., August 14