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Michael Vick took most of the first-team reps at quarterback during the Eagles’ pre-draft minicamp, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said Thursday.
Rookie head coach Chip Kelly has said throughout the offseason that reps with the starting unit would be split between Vick, the starter most of the last three seasons, and Nick Foles, a rookie who played well late last season after Vick got hurt.
Although he never quantified who would get the most practice time with the starting group, he indicated several times the reps would be shared and there would be an open competition between the two returning quarterbacks.
“There wasn’t one set guy that went with the first team,” Kelly said after his first minicamp practice.
But Maclin said Vick got most of the practice time with the starting unit and Foles got some snaps only “here and there.”
"Right now, you've got Mike going with the ones and Nick sprinkling in some reps here and there,” Maclin said.
On the one hand, this shouldn’t be surprising. There’s a reason the Eagles brought Vick back for a fifth season, restructuring his contract and paying him $7 million. It would be surprising if he doesn’t wind up as the opening-day starter.
But Kelly has also indicated since the day Vick re-signed that neither quarterback was ahead of the other. He even said former Steeler and Raven Dennis Dixon would get reps with the starters.
“There is an open competition,” Kelly said recently. “Michael knows that. Nick knows that. … I think both of them have outstanding qualities in terms of being quarterbacks in this league. Both of them have started in this league.
“I also know in this league, you better have two, so I'm excited about the two of them. They're both going to compete. And who the starting quarterback is to start the season off is going to be won on the practice field.”