Can Dennis Dixon Unseat Michael Vick as Eagles' Starting QB?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IFebruary 19, 2013

August 18, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon (10) passes against pressure by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Trevard Lindley (35) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
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Dennis Dixon has been reunited with Chip Kelly, the man that made him a Heisman Trophy favorite in 2007 while at Oregon. 

A knee injury derailed Dixon's chance at college football's most prestigious award, and knee issues have drastically hindered his development at the NFL level, but now he has been given a fantastic opportunity to revitalize his professional career. 

Though some believe Dixon is simply competing for the backup job, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer sent out this rather intriguing tweet: 

Dixon's understanding is that it's an open QB competition. Said knee injury stunted his career, and has been waiting for this opportunity

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) February 18, 2013

The most logical question right now is; Can Dixon beat out Vick as the starter in Philly? 

It's important to remember that Vick isn't necessarily the sure-fire starter for the Eagles at this juncture.

In theory though, Vick will be favored over Nick Foles or Trent Edwards due to his schematic fit in Kelly's read-option offense.

But then again, Dixon certainly has the ability to leave the pocket and pick up yards with his feet. Also, quite obviously, his familiarity with Kelly's system shouldn't be ignored—in fact, it's a major reason why Dixon should feel especially encouraged about his chances.

He has only attempted 59 passes in the NFL, so it's hard to judge his accuracy or overall ability as a passer, but Kelly's system is predicated on quick and decisive decisions, so Dixon may not asked to be to be the most polished, anticipatory quarterback to win the job.

As a Senior with the Ducks, Dixon completed nearly 68 percent of his passes in Kelly's offense. 

What's more, Vick himself has hardly been accurate during his career, and he isn't known for making tremendous decisions with the football.

Vick clearly has more experience and pure talent, but Dixon won't need any schooling on Kelly's system.

So, essentially, two athletic quarterbacks with nagging injury pasts and questionable accuracy could be battling for the Eagles' starting signal-caller gig this Summer.  

Can Dennis Dixon unseat Michael Vick as the Eagles' starting quarterback? 


Will he? 

We'll just have to wait and see.