Michael Vick, Nick Foles split 1st team reps at Eagles minicamp

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Chip Kelly is fostering the idea of a competition for the starting job and doesn't want to tip his hand early.

The NFL season is still four months away and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly isn't ready to name a starter for the team. He isn't willing to give any hints at practice either, as Michael Vick and Nick Foles evenly split the first-team reps at Monday's practice, according to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kelly downplayed the notion of the team identifying a starter this early in the offseason and did the same for the battle at right tackle between Lane Johnson and Dennis Kelly. Still, Kelly is fostering the idea of a competition between Vick, Foles, Matt Barkley and Dennis Dixon for the starting role.

Vick, Foles and Barkley have all expressed their intentions to win the starting job. This is to be expected, and Kelly said that anyone who says he's with the team to compete for a backup job will quickly be sent down I-95. Even Dixon, who probably will need to beat out one of the other three to the make the roster, was mentioned by Vick and Foles when the competition was discussed.

Vick, 32, has been the primary starter for the Eagles in each of the last three seasons, but has struggled to stay healthy. After going out with an injury in 2012, Foles stepped in as rookie and finished the year with a slightly better passer rating than the veteran.

The Eagles also have two new faces, as Barkley was added with the first pick of the fourth round after Philadelphia traded up to acquire the former-USC Trojans passer, and Dixon was added in February, reuniting the former-Oregon Ducks quarterback with Kelly, his former offensive coordinator.

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