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Rather than just putting ‘Quarterback’, Nick Foles gets the nod.
Michael Vick’s $3.5 million bonus in August means he’s in no way a lock to even make the roster. If Chip Kelly decides Foles is the best alternative to play quarterback, it’s highly unlikely Vick stays as a backup.
Vick has averaged 12 interceptions and 10.5 fumbles the last two seasons, and he’s missed nine total contests due to injury. ESPN’s Ashley Fox suggested Vick is playing for his last chance to start in this league, and that could be accurate.
Even if Vick does enter the season as the starter, he’s bound to get hurt. He hasn’t played all 16 games in a season since 2006. He’s missed at least three games for each of the last four seasons. When Vick does get hurt, Kelly will likely go with Foles as his backup.
Foles showed glimpses of greatness as a rookie in ’12, putting up impressive numbers with a limited supporting cast. He led a heroic game-winning drive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he should perform much better with the entire offense intact.
A strong season from Foles could push the Eagles into the playoffs. If Foles struggles, the team will very likely miss the postseason. Then again, Kelly could always elect to go with Matt Barkley over Foles.