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Chip Kelly has still not announced who will start at quarterback for Friday's preseason game against the Pats. (AP)
Michael Vick or Nick Foles. One of them has to start when the Eagles host the New England Patriots in their first preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday.
Not surprisingly, head coach Chip Kelly hasn’t named the starting signal caller yet. For the guys engaged in the open competition, does it matter who’s under center to begin the evening?
“I don’t think whoever starts on Friday is going to be the determining starter,” Vick said following training camp at the NovaCare Complex on Sunday. “I don’t know. I don’t think Chip is that far ahead. We’re not that far ahead. We just want to make sure we take care of our business this week. It’s a big week for us. There’s a lot of things we still have to get in. And we have some big practices. We have a lot to be excited about, a lot to be geared up for and get ready for.”
Vick said the quarterbacks “only need one [day]” to prepare for the starting role. He called it a “mindset” and essentially downplayed the importance of Friday’s pecking order.
Foles did the same. When asked how he might react if he’s the second-string quarterback on Friday, Foles said “I wouldn’t read anything into it.”
“Whoever’s in there, I’ll be cheering them on,” Foles continued. “No matter who it is. It will be good to see how they do in the situation.”
Foles took 37 snaps during Sunday’s practice, 22 with the first team. Vick had 34 reps (15 with the first team). Rookie Matt Barkley was on the field for 21 plays, all of which were with the third team.
By CSNPhilly.com’s unofficial tally, Foles went 22 for 30 with an interception and a dropped ball on Sunday. During an 11-on-11 session with the first team, Foles threw his best pass when he zipped the ball between safeties Nate Allen and Patrick Chung and into the waiting hands of receiver Jason Avant. Foles was picked off during a different first-team 11-on-11 drill when linebacker Mychal Kendricks jumped a route intended for Avant.
Vick, who went 22 for 25 and completed eight straight passes at one point, was the only quarterback among the top three on the depth chart not to throw an interception on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Barkley went 15 for 19 with one pick and two drops. Barkley was intercepted by cornerback Brandon Hughes, who stepped in front of wide receiver Will Murphy along the right sideline during a seven-on-seven drill.