Michael Vick is running the first-team offense for the Eagles, as wide receiver Jeremy Maclin reported to the media Thursday. While Nick Foles was said to be "sprinkled in," the early favorite to start in Chip Kelly's new offense is clearly the veteran.
Vick has made headlines recently for adding muscle in the offseason, beating LeSean McCoy in a 40-yard dash and generally showing a serious commitment to turning Philadelphia around this season. If he can stay healthy (a big if) and limit the excessive turnovers shown in 2012, he should be the one starting under center.
A few other notable names and transactions made headlines Thursday. Let's take a look at the rest of the NFL news.
Baltimore sent a conditional pick for the 2014 NFL Draft to Indianapolis to acquire Shipley. The 26-year-old center started five games for the Colts in 2012. A low-cost move looks like Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome made another smart decision. On the other side, though, Indianapolis is left with questions on the offensive line. Samson Satele and rookie Khaled Holmes are next in line for the job.
From Stampede Blue:
On the surface, this trade makes absolutely no sense. Shipley played better than Satele did last season, and comes at a much cheaper price. Even if Indianapolis has faith in Holmes as the potential new starter at center, rookie minicamp begins today.
New England will now have a rousing battle between Hawkins, Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, among a few other rookies, for a roster spot. Hawkins failed to make much of an impact over the past five seasons with the Titans, catching 71 passes for 771 yards and a single touchdown in that span.
Here's what Pats Pulpit had to say about the signing:
While Hawkins is unlikely to land himself on top of the Patriots' depth chart, this move is a nice depth signing that gives the Patriots another good body for what figures to be the team's most competitive training camp battle. While he is far from a guarantee for a roster spot, he has the opportunity to compete with the likes of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins for a spot as a number four or five receiver.
Scruggs was a seventh-round draft pick who served as a rotational player for the Seahawks in 2012. Now entering his second season in the league, he may be out of the picture for the entire season. Scruggs underwent arthroscopic surgery to reconstruct his torn ACL Thursday. A trip to injured reserve or the PUP list is around the corner. The Seahawks still have plenty of depth to fill his void going forward, according to Danny Kelly of Field Gulls.
It's not just contenders headlining Woodson's wishlist now. He's willing to play for any team in the league if they'll sign him. As he approaches the end of his career, playing football is the only thing on his mind. Woodson has said he's surprised at the lack of interest. The 49ers are the only team to talk with him so far. Woodson will likely go wherever any offer leads him now.