Michael Vick expected to start for Eagles preseason opener

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran QB will get the first crack at running Chip Kelly's offense in an actual game. Will he hold off the competition and keep his job as the starter?

Chip Kelly announced his starting quarterback for the Eagles first preseason game this Friday against the New England Patriots, and that player is veteran Michael Vick. While Kelly has remained adamant that neither Vick or Nick Foles have separated themselves in the quarterback competition, it is Vick that gets the first crack at running the Philadelphia offense in an actual game.

Reports have the competition as very close in training camp thus far, but playing well against the Patriots would be the first step in front of an audience as to who may take the lead to start for the Eagles.

Vick started 10 games for Philadelphia last year, completing 58.1 percent of his attempts for 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, while running for 332 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles went 3-7 in his starts. Meanwhile Foles, now entering his second year, completed 60.1 percent of his attempts for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns, five interceptions, and the team went 1-5 in his starts.

While most would expect for Kelly to choose the more athletic quarterback in order to run the offense we were used to seeing him employ at Oregon, the drafting of Matt Barkley would suggest that it's not going to be quite the same and that being a traditional pocket passer doesn't preclude one from starting for the Eagles. Barkley has exclusively spent time with the third-team offense, while Vick and Foles have traded off reps with the first team.

Right now the competition is coming between those two, and it looks like Vick will get the first shot.

More from SB Nation:

The NFL's secret relocation plan

The List: Unsportsmanlike NFL celebrations

Alexander, Benn tear ACLs

The Tavon Austin user manual

Jim Harbaugh and the question of burnout

Complete NFL training camp coverage

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.