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Camp Notes: Foles Thinks He’ll Run Some Read-Option

Chip Kelly told reporters Friday that if he calls 20 read-option plays with Nick Foles at quarterback, he should be fired.

That doesn’t mean he won’t run it all with No. 9 under center.

“Even if I am [the quarterback] I feel like we’ll still run it,” said Foles following Saturday’s practice. “I’m capable of getting five to ten yards and extending the play, maybe more if the Red Sea parts. I feel comfortable going. That’s part of the offense, that’s part of what we’re going to do, so I feel comfortable doing it and I’m willing to do it. I’m excited to go out there and do it and show my athletic ability.”

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Nick Foles Against the Legend Of Michael Vick

“I joke with Mike all the time about in high school, my whole team had his cleats when he was playing in the NFL,” LeSean McCoy said back in 2010 following a comeback win over the Texans. “Now I’m in the same huddle with him, locker room with him, joking with him, texting him, calling him. I’m a fan of his. I just can’t show him too much. But it’s different. It’s the same for me, for Maclin, for DeSean. Us young guys, to be playing with him, we’re excited. We look up to him.”

This helps us put the current quarterback competition in its proper context. It shows us the challenge that may lie in front of Nick Foles.

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The Casual Eagles Fan’s Guide to the QB Controversy

Praise the lord, football is back again. Okay, it’s not actually back just yet. But in a year where both the Flyers and Sixers missed […]

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Why It’s Unlikely Vick Gets Cut Or Traded

There was a time when Michael Vick would have scoffed at the possibility of being the backup quarterback.

But those days are over.

The 33-year-old knows that he’s part of a QB competition that will play out on the fields at the NovaCare Complex and during the preseason in the weeks ahead.

Vick was asked today what his reaction would be if he lost out on the starting job and asked to be the backup.

“I would continue to support this team,” Vick said after a short pause. “I’m here for one reason, to help this team win football games. And like I just said a second ago, by any means necessary. Whatever it takes. If I have to watch film with all the quarterbacks, if I have to coach the quarterbacks one day, then that’s what I’ll do.”

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Foles: ‘I’m Not Here To Be a Backup’

This year’s different than last. Nick Foles doesn’t have to take a back seat to Michael Vick or anyone else. He’s no longer a rookie trying to learn the ropes and adjust to the NFL game. He actually has a legitimate chance to win the starting job if he outperforms his peers in the next seven weeks.

“I have all the confidence in the world in my ability,” Foles said. “But I still respect the players around me and I know what they’re capable of doing. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to be a backup. I’m here to be the guy. I don’t think we play this game to sit on the bench. We play it to play, and I’m here to play.”

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Roseman: Vick Knew There Would Be A Competition

Howie Roseman addressed the media Monday afternoon as rookies and selected vets reported to the NovaCare Complex for the start of training camp.

When the Eagles last gathered — at minicamp back in June — Michael Vick made it known that he would like Chip Kelly to name his starting quarterback prior to camp opening. That obviously did not happen.

The Eagles general manager was asked if the idea of an open competition was discussed with Vick when the two sides were working on a restructured contract.

“Every conversation I’ve had and everyone in this building has had with Michael about competition, he’s all for it,” said Roseman. “He wants the best players to play and he’s not shying away from competition in any aspect. He knew that when we signed him — he knew there was going to be competition at every spot — and he said nothing other than he wants to compete.”

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What They’re Saying: All Eyes On Vick Vs. Foles

Michael VickWith training camp just about here, the Eagles’ quarterback competition is getting a lot of attention from the national media. Here’s the roundup.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

A Chip Kelly/Jimmy Johnson comparison from Peter King and more in this week’s national media roundup.

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DeSean: I Think Vick Will Win the Job

DeSean Jackson didn’t want to answer at first, but ultimately he decided to offer his prediction when asked who he thinks the Eagles’ starting quarterback will be.

“In my opinion, honestly, I don’t want to be put on the spot, I know y’all gonna do me like that, but Michael Vick’s got a lot of confidence in himself. He’s been there, going on 12 years in the NFL, I think he’ll get the job,” Jackson said during an ESPN interview. “Nick Foles is a great, great talent coming in from Arizona, actually a Pac-12 guy. He has the hype, he has the skills as well too. Going into camp, I think Michael Vick will probably be the starter, but we still don’t know. I think Chip Kelly’s gonna keep everybody honest and keep everybody open.”

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Is Michael Vick the Voice of Reason in the Zimmerman Verdict?

In the wake of the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, was one of your first thoughts about Eagles quarterback Michael Vick? Me neither. But perhaps we […]

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Five Thoughts On the Eagles’ QB Situation

After a lengthy sit-down with Chip Kelly, here are five thoughts on Michael Vick, Nick Foles and the Eagles’ quarterback situation.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Love for Nick Foles and a “rude awakening” for Jason Peters. We’ve got it all covered in our latest roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly Explains Why He Brought Vick Back

(Last month, a group of reporters had the opportunity to sit down with head coach Chip Kelly for an hour-long session. The contents of that conversation have been embargoed until now. We’ll pull from that interview over the next several days as we begin our training camp previews.)

We have received this question more than perhaps any other since Chip Kelly decided to bring  Michael Vick back on a one-year deal: If this is a long-term project, why invest a year in a veteran quarterback who might not be part of future plans?

Chances are Vick won’t be here much longer. Meanwhile, there are two young quarterbacks on the roster that will be relegated to the sidelines if Vick wins the job. How can you evaluate what you have in Nick Foles and/or Matt Barkley if they don’t play?

Kelly’s response to this question speaks to both his mentality and the challenge he faces during his transition from college to the pros.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: 5 Things I’ll Miss About Lehigh

Training camp moving to Philly is pretty much a good thing for me. I live 15 minutes from the complex. Gone are the hour-and-a-half commutes. No more battling traffic on 309. The days are shorter and I’ll have fewer opportunities to jam fast food down my gullet on the ride home. My wife is psyched because in theory (in theory) I should be able to hold up my end of the bargain on the home front a bit better.

Lots of positives. But a tradition is ending and with training camp around the corner, I’m getting a little sentimental about an era gone by. So,I figured I’d list the five things I’ll miss the most about training camp at Lehigh.

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Weekend Reading: Are NFL Coaches Down On Chip Kelly?

“Few coaches think Kelly will succeed,” according to one national writer.