Coming into a season as a new starting quarterback presents many challenges, especially if you’re replacing the greatest passer in franchise history. There’s often talk about the mental side and comparisons are made, but one of the most important things going on for Kevin Kolb during this training camp is building chemistry with his wideouts.
The quarterback and his receiving corp are working hard to learn each others tendencies. Kolb thinks it’s on track at this point in camp, “I think it’s great. I mean we had all offseason to work together and we’ve worked together in years past. It’s not there yet, but we’re on the right page and we’ll get there.”
Some of Kolb’s targets agreed that it’s not quite where they want it to be just yet, but all expressed optimism about the process. As tight end Brent Celek astutely pointed out, it’s not supposed to be perfect this time of year, “It’s a work in progress. We have to continue to get better, but that’s why you have training camp. That’s why it’s 21 days long and you’ve got four games in the preseason.”
Jason Avant echoed those sentiments. The wide receiver also delved into what he and Kolb have been working on specifically. “Just timing, just when it comes to knowing the guy and his idiosyncrasies – when he’s breaking routes off. Everybody’s different, everybody snaps their routes off differently. Once your realize and you see what a guy is doing over a period of time, he becomes predictable, you know him.”
Avant also said Kolb will continue to learn how to deliver the ball to the different receivers by knowing those aforementioned idiosyncrasies, “The quarterback has to realize that when they go into the huddle if this play is designed for me and DeSean, you’ve gotta throw the ball two different ways because they’re going to get open differently.”
Speaking of injured wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Kolb wants his top target back out there as quickly as possible. Rather than seeing the missed time as a chance to work more on his chemistry with the likes of Hank Baskett and Riley Cooper, Kolb views it as a missed opportunity with Jackson. “We want DeSean out here as much as possible. Being a new quarterback, I want as much time with him as I can get,” said Kolb.
Overall though, the key components of the passing game all agree that things are right where they should be early in camp. Brent Celek, for one, knows that the efforts made at Lehigh to come together will pay off at the end of the year, “We’ve got a little bit of time and we’ve got to pick it up, if we want to be playing in that Super Bowl, we’ve got to gel real well.”
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