Reid On Vick, Dunlap, LB Competition

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney.Michael Vick raised some eyebrows yesterday when he told USA Today that he was “trying” to get healthy for the Sept. 9 opener against the Browns.

Andy Reid was asked today if he had any doubts that the quarterback would be ready in Week 1.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think he’s going to be fine for the first game.”

Reid added that Vick threw today in Philadelphia with Mike Kafka, who is recovering from a fractured left hand.

“I think he feels better to where he can throw today so I think that’s a plus,” he said. “I’ll talk to him tomorrow and we’ll see how he’s doing. We have Flight Night coming up on Sunday… he’ll get an opportunity to maybe throw the ball around a little bit.”

Kafka, meanwhile, felt pretty good, according to Reid, but he said he’ll talk to head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder tomorrow about what the quarterback’s status is.

KING STILL IN FRONT

King Dunlap started at left tackle tonight, but Demetress Bell rotated in.

“I would probably tell you King’s a little bit ahead, but Bell’s doing a good job,” Reid said. “He’s getting everything together, and I’m glad we have him.”

At this point, it sure seems like it’s Dunlap’s job to lose, and he’s the favorite to start in Week 1.

COMPETITION OPEN AT LB

While DeMeco Ryans has the middle linebacker job locked down, and Mychal Kendricks will man the SAM Position, Reid said competition is still open at the WILL spot.

Brian Rolle has been playing there, but Jamar Chaney has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Rolle led the Eagles with four tackles (three solo), but also had two offsides penalties on the opening drive.

“Initially, he was in competition with Chaney for that job,” Reid said. “Chaney got some good snaps in today. I didn’t want him to re-injure that thing, and it was getting tight on him, so I took him out. But I still think there’s a competition there.”

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  • LGRick

    I was impressed with Ryan Rau (#47) last night. Seemed like he was everywhere.

  • http://twitter.com/MykeLane Michael Lane

    From all I could tell Rolle was already late getting to where he needed to be and his small size shows up on tape.. unlike Kendricks. But Rolle does bring the Wood. Is just never behind the LOS

  • Skeptic_Eagle

    Chaney is awful, I wish they were considering Akeem Jordan instead of him. I’m hoping Rolle just has pre-season jitters, because he seems to have taken the step back Chaney took from year 1 to year 2. Rolle is better as a backup. I’m not sure Chaney belongs in the NFL. I’d like to see the Eagles try and flip Tapp or Dixon (or both) for a thumper at WLB, since that player isn’t going to be in on passing downs.