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Vick to start Eagles' exhibition opener

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First-year Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced Thursday that Michael Vick will start the exhibition opener over Nick Foles.

The Eagles host the New England Patriots on Friday.

Kelly expects Foles to also take snaps with the first unit. Both quarterbacks will get 12 to 20 snaps against New England.

Kelly said the decision had nothing to do with performance in training camp.

"It was Mike's day in the rotation, that was the easiest way for us to do it and then we'll make sure the rotation works out that Nick will get the start next week," he said on the team's website. "The two of those guys, we feel like we've got it balanced out. We met with those guys this morning, they were great with it, so that's kind of our plan going in."

Vick and Foles have been competing for the starting job since Kelly was hired in the offseason. Rookie Matt Barkley out of USC will be the third quarterback.

"I can't read into it," Vick told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Coach, all he told us is that I'm going to start, but it won't be the same next week. So you've got to take it for what it's worth and keep moving."

Foles was also diplomatic when asked about the decision.

"We're cool with it," he said. "We're ready to go, we're ready to go after it.

Kelly said he has not decided who will start the regular season opener on Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins.
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