Eagles Training Camp: Kevin Kolb Enters As Second String QB

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2008

The heavily debated pick of Kevin Kolb in the second round of the 2007 draft might be paying off. Head Coach Andy Reid says Kolb has progressed very nicely.

"I think he's well ahead of last year. He's working hard at that. He spent the whole off-season going over film, techniques, and the reps he's gotten are important."

Kolb says he values the upcoming experience he will receive during the preseason.

"Now I just need some game time experience, I'm looking forward to the preseason and getting that experience. It means a lot to us backups, and so when that time comes it will go well."

The former Houston Cougar QB excelled last preseason with two 200 yard passing games. Kolb's performance has caught the attention of veteran QB A.J. Feeley. He says despite Kolb's success, he needs the reps.

"With him it's about developing, getting comfortable with the offense, trying to make every play your own, knowing what you are going to do with every play, and executing it. With the more reps he gets, the better he gets. It's just a matter of applying it because he looks good in practice. It's a matter of getting under the fire and seeing what goes on."

Kolb says he takes pride in his development. Coach Reid says Kolb's strong work ethic comes from the role Kevin's father played in his life.

"He's tough on himself, he's a coach's kid, he's been raised where he expects perfection from himself. This year he expects a lot of himself as do the coaches and the players around him."

The second year quarterback says having a coach for a dad has helped more than just him.

"Being tough on yourself is the number one thing because you had your dad breathing down your neck for 17 years, my dad and I joke about it all the time, but there's a lot of quarterbacks whose dads are coaches and there's a reason for that."

Kevin Kolb's many influences and hard work has turned him into a quarterback Coach Reid says is capable of filing in should the opportunity present itself.

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.