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Nick Foles and Michael Vick, standing together at practice Tuesday, once again split reps with the first team. (AP)
For the first time in training camp, the Eagles’ quarterbacks tested themselves against defensive players who don’t share the same locker room. It went well.
On Tuesday, the Birds scrimmaged against the New England Patriots at the NovaCare Complex (see story). Nick Foles and Michael Vick each got two series with the first team offense in 11-on-11 sessions and two series with the second team. During the only seven-on-seven drills against the Patriots, Foles took the first-team snaps while Vick was under center with the second team.
By CSNPhilly.com’s unofficial tally, Foles took 28 total snaps (22 with the ones) against New England. Vick had 30 reps (13 with the ones). Foles went 12 for 18 while Vick completed 17 of 21 passes.
Rookie Matt Barkley spent much of the afternoon watching from the sideline. When he played, Barkley took nine snaps (all with the third team) and completed just three of seven passes. Barkley was also intercepted by Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan when the quarterback either made a bad throw or his receiver ran the wrong route. It was difficult to identify the intended wideout because no Eagles were in the area when Ryan picked off the pass.
Both Foles and Vick connected with various receivers for big plays on Tuesday. During seven-on-seven drills, Foles threw a touchdown of about 15 yards across the middle of the field to DeSean Jackson. The same pair combined for a 50-yard touchdown during an 11-on-11 session when Foles -– who started the sequence with play action to running back Bryce Brown -- found Jackson along the right sideline.
Vick also threw several touchdowns on Tuesday. During a seven-on-seven play, he hit tight end James Casey across the middle for a red zone score. Later in practice, Vick found Riley Cooper in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard TD that drew applause from parts of the NovaCare Complex crowd.