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Sanchez takes snaps with second-team offense

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez has been taking a lot of snaps with the second-team offense, but head coach Chip Kelly said the battle for the backup job between Sanchez and second-year man Matt Barkley won't begin until training camp.

"There is no decision," he said. "We're just getting snaps. So there's no decision of who's who.

"If anybody is trying to make anything of who is playing what or how many reps, all we are trying to do is see if we can get three reps a minute as fast as we can go, get it on tape and coach off of that. So there's nothing to read into who is where, what, whatever, because we're not playing a game until September."

--The Eagles are looking to improve all aspects of their special teams this season, including kickoff returns. They finished 26th in the league in kickoff returns last season. During spring OTAs, they've had six different players fielding kickoffs -- Damaris Johnson and Brandon Boykin, who returned kicks last year, newcomers Darren Sproles and Nolan Carroll and rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. Sproles is the early leader in the clubhouse.

--Defensive end Vinny Curry played just 322 snaps last season but finished third on the team in sacks (4) and fourth in hurries (22). He has created a niche for himself as an inside nickel pass-rusher but hopes to get more snaps this season and have a greater impact.

"This season, I want to be a factor," the 2012 second-round pick said. "When it's third-and-long and my teammates are like, 'Let's go, V. Here we go.' You want to be that guy that people can lean on. You want to be that teammate where when you come in, it's like when (New York Knicks sixth man) J.R. Smith comes in. Because he's like sixth man of the year kind of thing. I just want to be that kind of guy for my team."

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