QB tracker: Foles takes most first-team snaps

QB tracker: Foles takes most first-team snaps

August 11, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Nick Foles, seen here practicing earlier this month, was under center for 33 plays on Sunday -- 27 with the ones. (AP)

Michael Vick started Friday’s preseason game with the first team. In keeping with the ongoing rotation and the still-underway quarterback competition, Nick Foles took most of the first-team snaps during Sunday’s open practice at Lincoln Financial Field.

Foles was under center for 33 plays on Sunday (27 with the ones). He completed 14 of 18 passes. Vick took 27 snaps (five with the ones). Vick went 16 for 17. Rookie Matt Barkley – who had an up-and-down outing on Friday evening – had 17 reps on Sunday, all with the third team. Barkley connected on nine of his 12 passes.

Sunday was a quiet afternoon for the trio of signal callers. Vick threw his best pass during 11-on-11 drills when he found Jason Avant – who had juked linebacker DeMeco Ryans to get open – in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

Later in practice, Vick was picked off by safety Patrick Chung in a different 11-on-11 session when he failed to hit Avant in stride. Barkley also threw an interception on Sunday when safety Earl Wolff snagged a pass that was initially tipped at the line of scrimmage by defensive end David King. Foles was the only quarterback among the top three not to throw an interception on Sunday.

Friday’s game was a quick affair for both Vick and Foles. Vick completed four of five passes against the Patriots, including a 47-yard touchdown strike to DeSean Jackson along the right sideline. Foles went five for six and led a 10-play, 66-yard touchdown drive before heading to the sideline for the rest of the evening.

“There were some bright spots,” head coach Chip Kelly said about how his quarterbacks played on Friday night. “How Nick came back the second time after that fumble, how he responded on that drive. I thought Matt after he settled down, he made a couple big plays and threw the ball decisively -- especially that third-and-long to [Clay] Harbor.

"Footwork, where their eyes were, how they carried out fakes. I thought the first two (Vick and Foles) played really well. I thought Matt (Barkley) did a good job once he calmed down."