Dennis Dixon on Eagles' QB battle: 'May the best man win'

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Dennis Dixon on Eagles' QB battle: 'May the best man win'

February 18, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Michael Vick just got a contract extension with a $3.5 million signing bonus. Nick Foles is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 240 yards per game and complete 60 percent of his passes.

Curious where Dennis Dixon fits in?

“I’m curious, too,” Dixon said Monday.

The Eagles officially signed Dixon to a futures contract Monday, a move first reported by Eagles Insider Geoff Mosher.

Dixon spent the past season on the Ravens’ practice squad, winning his second Super Bowl ring in five years. He was a backup on the 2008 Steelers.

But he’s thrown only 59 passes in parts of five NFL seasons and has more career Super Bowl rings (two) than touchdown passes (one). He hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game since Sept. 19, 2010.

Dixon is here because he played at Oregon under Chip Kelly, and because in theory he understands exactly what Kelly is looking for.

“If everybody buys into what Chip Kelly is selling, the sky is the limit,” Dixon said on a conference call with Philly writers Monday. “When the time comes around where 11 guys are on the same page, it’s great to see.”

But will Dixon be one of those 11 guys who’s actually on the field?

Despite his familiarity with Kelly’s system, he’s still a longshot to become the Eagles’ starting quarterback and there’s no guarantee he’ll even make the roster.

But Dixon said he expects a chance to compete.

“From my understanding, the job is open,” he said. “So there will be a very competitive nature around here [and] may the best man win. ...

“As a competitor I like, and anybody in their right mind would like, competition, and that’s what we have. And I’m quite sure Mike Vick and Nick Foles would say the same thing as well. We’re just excited to work and let the chips fall where they may.”

Dixon is the fourth quarterback on the roster, along with Vick, Foles and veteran Trent Edwards.

Kelly said last week Vick and Foles will split the reps with the starting offense when offseason workouts begin.

Will the winner be the guy that best fits Kelly’s offense?

Maybe not, according to Dixon.

“[Kelly] is a guru when it comes to offense,” Dixon said. “What I mean by that is he can tailor his offense to whoever is presented at that given time.”

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