Once Michael Vick met with Philadelphia Eagles rookie head coach Chip Kelly and decided to take a pay cut in order to remain, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that he would be the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2013. It seems now as if that speculation might be premature. Vick was considered to be the frontrunner for the starting job based on his mobility, but as the Eagles held practice in their first minicamp under Kelly, things appear even according to reports.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Kelly and his introduction into the NFL is how much of his offense that his teams ran in Oregon can be incorporated into the NFL game. Kelly has always featured highly athletic players at the quarterback position and it was assumed that Vick would be handed the starting job.
After the team’s first practice, Kelly suggests that the quarterback battle is wide open with Nick Foles right in the mix. Foles was taking reps with the first team on Tuesday.
“It’s even. They both took reps with the 1s, so the depth chart for us, it’s not a big deal. I don’t look over there and say, ‘The 1s are in, how come he’s in?’ We talked about it as a staff. We just want guys to get reps. So the depth chart, it’s more of like a seating chart than it is a depth chart,” Kelly told reporters after the practice.
It’s way too early to start predicting who the Eagles are going to start at quarterback after just one practice, but the early speculation that Foles would be out of the mix completely might have been premature. The second-year signal caller will want to get plenty of reps in practice however even if he doesn’t win the starting job. Vick’s track record suggests that he will see action in 2013.
The Eagles released QB Trent Edwards on Monday.