PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tom Brady picked the secondary apart in a scrimmage. Tim Tebow looked sharp firing passes against backups during another drill. In between, Ryan Mallet completed his share of throws.
All this against the Philadelphia Eagles at their practice complex.
While the New England Patriots clearly have no questions about their
quarterback situation, Michael Vick and Nick Foles continued
competition for Philadelphia's starting job. For the past two days,
they've faced New England's defense during joint practices before
Friday night's preseason opener.
Who starts for the Eagles remains unknown. Coach Chip Kelly still
hasn't named a starter, although Vick probably will take the first
snap. That doesn't mean much, however. There's a long away to go before
the first regular-season game at Washington on Sept. 9.
"They're both going to get reps so whoever takes the first rep, let's
not anoint them as anything," Kelly said Wednesday. "Someone's got to
be the first guy. We'll have a plan as we go through and we'll sit down
as a staff, how many number of reps are those guys going to get and go
from there. We do have to have someone start the game, but I wouldn't
say that the guy who starts the game is going to be the starter overall
or in general as we get going on Sept. 9.
"How do we divvy up Mike's and Nick's snaps? We'll try to make that as
even as possible. That's kind of our thought process as we go through
If Kelly needs help making a decision, it's not hard to find a worthy
opinion. Former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, who led St. Louis to a Super
Bowl title, picked Vick. So did Philadelphia's two-time Pro Bowl wide
receiver DeSean Jackson. Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich faced both
quarterbacks the past two days and he also goes with Vick.
"Vick's body of work speaks for itself," Ninkovich said. "His release
is one of the fastest in the league. He just flicks his wrist and the
ball's out. He's shown the past few years that he has the accuracy that
everyone was questioning in years past. Then I put on the tape of him
scrambling and it still seems like guys are standing still when he's
"The running element is definitely something that changes your mindset
as a defensive end or a pass rusher because not only do you have to
make sure that you are getting to the quarterback but you have to be
aware of the rush lanes and that's the hardest part."
Jackson predicted before camp that Vick would win the job, and he
hasn't backed off that statement.
"It's still the same," he said. "Both are doing a great job. It's
really hard to tell who is separating himself. They're both doing a
great job making sure the offense is run the right way. Everything is
proven in training camp. The reason I say Mike is because of his
Vick said being the starter is "not something that we take for
granted," and "we understand what's at stake." By many accounts, Vick
has looked better than Foles in camp.
"I feel good about where I'm at," Vick said. "You can't get complacent
in this game. There's always things to work on in every practice
regardless of how good it may seem."
Foles threw several crisp passes against the Patriots, including a few
touchdowns and looked sharp in 7-on-7 drills.
"It's a great experience to go against someone else and get different
looks in a practice situation," he said. "We're able to do different
scenarios and get our individual work in."
Rookie Matt Barkley came into camp trying to compete for the No. 1
spot, but he appears headed for third-string duties.
NOTES: Kelly said the Eagles are looking
into possible reasons why they've already had three players sustain
season-ending ACL tears on the practice field. "We're going to look at
it and try to figure out, obviously, is it preventable? Is it something
that we can make sure doesn't happen? But I don't have any
information," Kelly said. "I know we're looking at it. But a lot
happens any time we have injuries. Our doctors and trainers are trying
to figure that part out how the overall scope of everything we do. But
it's something that we certainly are looking at right now." ... The
Eagles placed WR Arrelious Benn on injured reserve a day after he
became the third player to sustain a season-ending ACL tear. They
haven't made a corresponding roster move yet. ... The teams will hold a
joint practice again Thursday limited to situational plays. It is
slated to start at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
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