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Quarterbacks compete at Camp Kelly
- Updated: July 23, 2013
A day after Nick Foles and Matt Barkley expressed confidence in their abilities to lead the Philadelphia Eagles, it was Michael Vick’s turn to do the same.
“I’m confident in myself and I’m very confident. That’s the only reason why I’m standing here,” Vick said Tuesday. “I believe in me. I know what I can do. I know I’ve got a lot of years left to play this game.”
Rookies, quarterbacks and a few other veterans took the field for the first practice under coach Chip Kelly. The rest of the team arrives Thursday and then the quarterback competition really gets going. This year you can bet the Eagles online this season, learn how at BetOnIt.org.
Back in early June, Vick admitted that he didn’t know where he stood on the Eagles’ depth chart. A day later, Vick was asked if new coach Chip Kelly should name a starter before training camp and replied “Yeah, that would be swell.”
Of course, Vick and Foles have been competing throughout the mini-camps and other offseason workouts. And, don’t rule out Barkley, who said Monday he’s here to win the job.
“There is an open competition,” Barkley said. “I absolutely feel like I’ve got to be a part of it. I’ve got to challenge myself, just like any other guy on the team. Your mindset has to be that you’re in the race to start. You’ve got to have that mindset. I’m in a competition regardless of what everyone else is saying.
“You just have to practice that way.”
Foles started six games last year after Vick was injured, going 1-5 on a team that finished 4-12. He completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
Vick is due $3.5 million on the first day of the regular season. Would Roseman keep Vick around if it’s clear that Foles (or Barkley) might win the job?
“I’m not here to be a backup. I’m here to be the guy,” Foles said. “I don’t think we play this game to sit on the bench. We play it to play, and I’m here to play.”
Who will be the starter when the Eagles open the season at Washington on Sept. 9 has been the biggest question since Kelly arrived in Philadelphia. Kelly is a long way from making that decision.