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WR Jeremy Maclin

On what the last few weeks have been like for him: "It's been a little hard. Obviously, I am a competitive guy and I want to be out here playing, but it is what it is and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has in store."

On how much he thinks the decision to hold out will cost him on the field: "I guess you can look at it many different ways. When it comes to football, especially in the NFL, I think there is a business part of it first and sometimes you've got to get that figured out. This may be the only contract, so sometimes you've got to do what's best and get that first one right. But like I said, I'm looking forward to moving on."

On his conversation today with head coach Andy Reid: "We talked. I think everybody has been there before. I obviously haven't, but they've all been there before and they understand and there's no hard feelings. That's the good thing about everything."

On how far behind he thinks he is: "I have no idea. I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning."

On what he has done over the past few weeks: "Keeping in shape, working out, running routes. I know the routes. I've got a good memory of the plays that we run and the stuff they had me doing before hand. Just all the little stuff like that and staying in shape was the biggest thing. I think I'll be okay."

On whether his teammates have given him a hard time: "Not yet. Hopefully I don't experience that. But I think if they do, I think it's all out of love. Like I said, I don't think there are any hard feelings."

On whether he became anxious over the past few weeks: "I'm a competitive guy, so I wanted to be out here competing and be out here with my teammates. I was anxious from day one. I was anxious ever since I got drafted. That doesn't say anything. But, I'm happy I'm here now and that's the big part."

On the main factor that caused him to hold out during contractual negotiations: "Like I said earlier, this may be your only contract so you want to do it right the first time. That's pretty much all I can say about it."

On why he went home to St. Louis: "I've been working out, keeping in shape. I just went home to spend time with my family, get my mind off of everything a little bit. The week prior to that, I was up in Philly moving in and getting used to the Philly life and little things like that."

On when he went back to St. Louis:"Friday."

On whether he was frustrated when he had to go back to St. Louis: "A little bit, but it is what it is. I don't want to look back on the past."

On whether it was harder being here then at home: "Probably, because you are not around your family."

On whether people were giving him a hard time on the streets of Philadelphia: "No, no. I'm actually in (New) Jersey."

On what is was like for him to hear things about the team and himself in the press over the past few weeks: "It was obviously hard. I wanted to keep up with the team and see how things were going but at the same time, I didn't want to look at it too much because it put me in a bad mood that I couldn't be out there. I kept up with it a little bit but, in a situation like that I think the more you stay off of the newspaper or the websites and stuff like that, the better off you are."

On how he feels entering training camp: "I'm just going to go with the flow and take things as they come. I think I'm a pretty intelligent guy so hopefully I can take in a lot of things and embed it in my memory and get going."

On whether he has been in a situation where he has had a lot thrown at him at once: "I think my life story kind of sums that all up. I've experienced a lot in my life and a lot of stuff has been thrown at me. I think in a situation like this, I relate everything back to my life and if I got through that I think I can get through pretty much anything."

On whether he feels as though he has let the team/organization down:"No, I think that the guys who actually know what goes on around this, they actually understand so I don't think that I let them down. I wanted to get here before camp ended to get the work in. If I was really all about myself, I wouldn't have gone out to Arizona with (QB Donovan) McNabb and them so, I think they know where my head's at."

On whether he'll seek QB Donovan McNabb's advice about entering camp late: "Yeah, that will be the number one guy I go to. I mean, outside of the coaches, he's the guy who's running the show. That will be the number one guy I go to. We exchanged text messages throughout the week a little bit. I'm looking forward to talking to him and getting back on track."

On the advice McNabb has already given him: "Just to stay in there, hang in there. He said he went through the same thing."

On how he felt about the playbook leaving minicamp: "I think I pick up things very easily. I think I'm smart and I can do things like that. I'm going to take things I learned in minicamp and hopefully translate them out here."

On the biggest benefit of going out to Arizona and practicing with McNabb: "Not only was it connecting on a football level but on a more personal level. It's kind of off the radar out there, doing your thing, having fun, joking around and talking to each other but at the same time getting work done."

On what yesterday was like for him: "I knew that things were getting closer and I went on every day like I do every day. Yesterday, as the day went on my agent was keeping me informed about what was going on and luckily it got solved last night."

On what he's done since he arrived at camp: "I just signed the contract. I signed the contract and now I'm here."

On how quickly he thinks he can get into contact scrimmages: "Hopefully, I'll be getting in there tomorrow morning. That's what I'm hoping for."

On whether Reid has confirmed when he will be able to practice in full pads: "I talked to coach Reid. Obviously, they want to ease me in there, but also get me going."

On how excited he is to get onto the field: "I'm very excited. This is my passion. I love the game of football."

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