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From a national perspective, the Jaguars will be little more than an afterthought this Thursday, as all eyes will likely be on Michael Vick and how he performs in his first game back.

When the Jaguars take the field Thursday night to play against the Philadelphia Eagles in their third preseason game, they will be little more than a sideshow. The entire nation will be tuning in to see if notorious criminal Michael Vick can be effective as a quarterback after a two year layoff.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid gave the media a slight update on Vick's progress.

"I can only go off of what I've seen in practice and it looks like he's moving around pretty good but again, realistically it's been two years," Reid told reporters. "We'll see how it works out and give him a couple shots in there and see what he can do."

The Jaguars have a few story lines of their own, as veterans Tra Thomas and Sean Considine will be returning to Philly for the first time since leaving for Jacksonville via free agency.

"I enjoyed it," Thomas said of his time in Philadelphia as an Eagle. "I had a great time there. I took my rookie visit there and I knew it was the right fit for me. It's going to be a little awkward coming out of the visitors' locker room."

Thomas returns as the Jaguars starting left tackle, a position he held with the Eagles for 11 seasons. Considine returns as a player who is trying to win a starting job in the Jaguars secondary.

"I don't need to go up there and prove anything," Considine said. "I have nothing but respect for them."

The Jaguars may not be the featured team this Thursday night, but they will have an opportunity to put their best foot forward on television and perhaps give some of their fans a reason to purchase some tickets.


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