COMMENTARY | Chip Kelly has a stable of quarterbacks to evaluate leading up to the 2013 NFL season, but Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin may have shed some light on the direction of the quarterback situation Thursday when speaking to the media.
"Right now, you've got Mike [Vick] going with the ones and Nick [Foles] 'sprinkled in,' some reps here and there," Maclin said Thursday according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer. While it would be unwise to go overboard on news like this so early into Kelly's coaching reign, it is a suggestion that Vick is in front of the competition to be the Eagles starting quarterback when the 2013 season kicks off.
Vick was signed to a one-year contract worth $7.5 million in February, suggesting Kelly saw value in having the starting quarterback be a part of his offensive plans for the Eagles. Before sitting out the final six games of the 2012 season Vick completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,362 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also intercepted 10 times, or an average of once per game.
It should also be no surprise to hear that Foles is getting first team reps as well. The second-year quarterback finished the 2012 season as the starting quarterback for the Eagles in place of an injured Vick. Foles completed 60.8 percent of his passes last season for 1,699 yards and six touchdowns. He was intercepted five times.
The Eagles also have former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne. Both players signed as free agents this off-season. In addition the Eagles will also have fourth round draft pick Matt Barkley, who I previously noted Kelly has been watching for the past four years.
When the season starts, Vick will likely be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sportswriter. Follow McGuire on Twitter.
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