Eagles Training Camp: McNabb Thinks Brian Westbrook will Attend Camp

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IJuly 22, 2008

Second year tight end Brent Celek opened Eagles Training Camp as the first 'Bird on the field, but the action out on the turf that followed wasn't the talk of the day.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb stepped to the mic and addressed several off-field issues ranging from Brian Westbrook's contract, his own health, and the upcoming season.

McNabb says he expects Westbrook to attend camp.

"Westbrook will be here. We all have the confidence if he's here or not, he'll be the same guy we know."

But McNabb says he's just acting on a hunch.

"I haven't talked to him, I just feel like he'll be here."

McNabb asked the Eagles to fix the Pro-Bowl running back's contract situation once before, but the QB says things are different this time.

"That situation was different, we needed to sign him. I don't know what this situation entails. I cannot even comment on it."

McNabb says he's happy with the players around him including Westbrook. The signal caller is also happy with his health.

"I feel 28, my body feels 28, I want to thank my offensive line like Peyton did. I mean my body feels 28, I'm 31, I'm not going to lie about my age."

McNabb is now part of Coach Andy Reid's over 30 club which means every three days, he'll get one off. McNabb was asked would he still practice on his off days.

"I could, I could, would I say that, I don't think so. I'll take a rest day when I can."

McNabb says his groin problems of the past are just that- in his past.

"I haven't had any recurrences and its fine. I don't expect to have any recurrences."

McNabb says he shouldn't focus on past problems.

"I think anytime you begin to dwell on the past that means your future is not bright. Every year I come to try to challenge myself to do something different. I look at it as if this is my job and I'm not going anywhere else- so get used to it."

But when looking to the past, McNabb says his history with Coach Reid has been a successful one.

"We have been here for 10 years, not too many people have been together coach-quarterback that long that I can remember. For both of us we have had more success than failure and want to get better each year."

McNabb says that could be easy if everyone does their job.

"If everyone focused on doing what they need to do individually, everything comes together. When you're out here, things seem to click well, guys are flying around and we need to transfer that out onto the game field."

McNabb says if they get 60 minutes of that kind of effort, they will be alright.


Jameson Fleming is an intern at ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 and will be at Training Camp every day filing radio reports and publishing his transcripts on Bleacher Report.