Eagles QB tracker: Foles sharp on Day 1

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Eagles QB tracker: Foles sharp on Day 1

July 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Nick Foles completed 13 of 14 passes with the first-team offense Friday. Michael Vick was intercepted on his first pass. (USA Today Images)

The first meaningful pass thrown by an Eagles quarterback Friday came from the left hand of Michael Vick.

And settled comfortably in the hands of DeMeco Ryans.

Vick got the first crack with the first-team offense on Day 1 of new coach Chip Kelly’s training camp as the anticipated quarterback competition kicked off at the Novacare Complex.

The 33-year-old veteran overcame an interception by the veteran linebacker on his first pass to have an overall decent day, but his competitors -- Nick Foles and Matt Barkley -- were also solid.

But don’t read too deeply into one non-contact practice. Kelly said real judgments won’t be made until the pads come out.

“We’re not going to make any decisions that are going to be based on practice at the NovaCare,” he said. “We need to get them into the Linc and have people tee off on them and try to come after them.

“Because there are a lot of quarterbacks that can stand back there and look pretty when they’re wearing the red jersey, but when you take that jersey off and it’s live and full-go they become different guys. We’re going to have to see those guys in the heat of battles.

Like they did during the minicamps and organized team activities, Vick and Foles each took turns with the first- and second-team offenses and had their reps divided evenly, with rookie Matt Barkley guiding the third team.

By an unofficial CSNPhilly.com tally, both quarterbacks totaled 31 reps during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, with Barkley getting 24. Curiously, none of the quarterbacks were made available to speak with reporters after practice.

Vick completed 14 of 20 passes -- 14 of 19 after the pick -- and mixed in some scrambles. Foles looked sharp on 24 throws, completing 20. He was the only one of the three quarterbacks to finish without an interception. On 18 reps with the first offense, he completed 13 of 14 passes.

Barkley’s 24 reps were an impressive number for a third-team quarterback and also a byproduct of Kelly’s up-tempo practices. The rookie from USC, who was picked in the fourth round, completed 13 of 21 passes.

Barkley’s lone interception was a well-placed pass across the middle that bounced off the hands of rookie free-agent wideout Russell Shepard and right to safety Kurt Coleman.

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