The Eagles' quarterback competition has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason and it officially came to a close when Chip Kelly announced Michael Vick as the starter. That was one of a few major stories on Tuesday with NFL news heating up as the season approaches.
Here's a quick roundup of Tuesday's biggest headlines.
Following a strong training camp and two excellent preseason performances, Chip Kelly named Vick Philadelphia's starting quarterback. The 33-year-old Vick beat out Nick Foles and it doesn't sound like this will be a week-to-week decision.
"This is a one QB operation," Kelly said on Tuesday. "Mike won't be looking over his shoulder."
Vick didn't win the job by default with both he and Foles turning in excellent preseasons. Vick completed 13-of-15 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown this preseason. Foles hasn't been far off, completing 11-of-14 passes for 96 yards. In some cases Foles' performance may have been good enough to win the job, but not with how good Vick has been. As Mike Kaye of Bleeding Green Nation noted, Vick appears extremely comfortable in Kelly's offense and it showed on the field.
Although Foles didn't win the starting job, the Eagles reportedly have no plans to trade him.
Denver linebacker Von Miller was suspended by the NFL for six games following negotiations between the league and Miller's representatives. Miller, who was already in the NFL's substance abuse program following a failed drug test his rookie season, reportedly supplied two diluted urine samples during the offseason. Although he did not test positive, the diluted samples raised a red flag for the NFL.
In a statement, Miller said there was "no excuse for my violations of the rules." He will not appeal the suspension and miss the first six weeks of the season. He was suspended without pay, which will cost more than $800,000:
Per @ProFootballTalk Von Miller will lose $806,161.76 of his $2,284,125 salary. Ouch.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 20, 2013
The Texans will be without Antonio Smith for the rest of the preseason and the season opener after he was suspended by the NFL for swinging a helmet at Miami offensive lineman Richie Incognito. The incident gained attention after Jay Glazer aired video of the skirmish during Fox Football Daily on Monday.
Smith and Incognito have a history dating back to last season, yet Smith's actions took the feud to another level. As Battle Red Blog wrote, Smith's actions have no place on a football field and the suspension is fair, even if Incognito antagonized Smith.
After sitting out Week 2 of the preseason due to an ankle injury, Geno Smith will get a chance to win the Jets starting quarterback job if he's healthy enough to play in Week 3. Smith will start the third preseason game, assuming he doesn't suffer a setback to his injured ankle this week.
The third preseason game is typically used as a dress rehearsal for the preseason, which could give Smith an extended opportunity to win the job. Scott Salmon of Gang Green Nation sees this as Smith's opportunity to finally unseat Mark Sanchez:
It seems likely Smith will have three quarters to put the nail in Sanchez's coffin and become the presumptive starter for week one against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sanchez has said the competition is winding down soon, so it seems that the team will likely make a decision within the next week or two. The results of this game would be important to the decision, as we've seen little of Smith in an actual game scenario. If he can prove competent enough to simply protect the ball, the job might be Smith's to lose.
When the Jets open their season against Tampa Bay, they can expect to see a familiar face in the opposing secondary. Darrelle Revis is practicing fully for the Buccaneers and said he expects to be ready for the season opener. Revis had been limited to mostly individual drills before becoming a full participant this week.
Revis is working his way back from a torn ACL and Tampa Bay has yet to determine whether he will participate in either of its final two preseason games. There is still a chance Revis won't be ready for the season opener, but he will be a part of the 53-man active roster, just as Bucs Nation detailed recently.
The Giants will be without wide receiver Victor Cruz for at least the rest of the preseason due to a heal contusion. Cruz is wearing a walking boot and using crutches after injuring his foot against the Colts. A walking boot and crutches make the injury sound serious, but Cruz said he considers himself to be day-to-day and expects to be OK once the swelling in his foot goes down.
Big Blue View has more on Cruz's injury, including when it occurred. Cruz left the game after limping on a route in the end zone, but apparently injured his heel earlier in the game when he got tied up with a defensive back on a play that was flagged for pass interference.