Loser of Nick Foles vs. Michael Vick could be off Eagles roster

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

It doesn't look like the Eagles are planning on keeping Michael Vick and Nick Foles. It's one or the other.

Michael Vick and Nick Foles aren't just fighting for the starting quarterback job, but they also could be fighting for their spot on the team. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com told PFT Live that the Eagles appear ready to move forward with Matt Barkley as the team's backup quarterback and Dennis Dixon as the third-string/scout team quarterback, leaving the loser of the battle for the starting spot out of a job.

For more on the Eagles' QB battle visit: Bleeding Green Nation

Most people have believed that if Vick did not win the starting job he would be released, but the idea that the same could be true of Foles is somewhat new. At just 24 years old and with just seven career games under his belt, Foles had been viewed as more of a project, but if the team is ready to cut ties with him should he not beat out Vick, it would show the "project" tag has been taken off.

The Eagles are done waiting for Foles to come around. They want him to produce now and that means being better than the six-touchdown, five-interception quarterback he was last year, when he completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards.

So far, things don't look good for Foles. On Sunday when the Eagles went live in the red zone for the first time in training camp, he went just two-of-six passing. Those two passes were for touchdowns, but for a team that was just 28th in red zone efficiency last year, the Eagles need better than 33 percent inside the red zone.

Vick was better, completing three-of-five passes, throwing two touchdowns and carrying the ball once down to the goal line, but even he hasn't put his stamp on the team yet. Foles is still in his rearview mirror as the Eagles wait for one of the two to take hold of the starting job.

If they cannot, Barkley may even challenge for the starting job. Mosher did not rule out the possibility of the rookie beating out both Vick and Foles.

While Vick and Foles continue to struggle, Barkley is slowly coming along. He is still very much a work in progress and fumbled a snap in red zone drills, but he has acquitted himself well enough for a rookie and if Vick and Foles don't make a case for starting, Chip Kelly could decide that the future is now. If that happens then Foles will likely stay on as the backup, but that is hardly how he wants to stick with the team.

It's Vick vs. Foles for the starting job. And the loser is probably going home for good.

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