Welcome to the start of a series where I break down and preview the Philadelphia Eagles training camp, position by position. There is a lot of uncertainty heading into the Eagles camp, mainly because of the shiny new head coach and his big ideas, but there is also a lot of optimism heading into camp.
The quarterback position is no different. Michael Vick is the star, but he hasn't panned out like some thought he would after a fast start in 2010. Nick Foles is a young player to watch, but his deep ball really held him back last season (that in everything else that went wrong in 2012). Matt Barkley is another over-hyped product out of USC or an absolute gym rat that can't fail in this league depending on who you talk to. Dennis Dixon knows Chip Kelly the best and has two Super Bowl rings (the latter is a very misleading stat). Finally, G.J. Kinne is the long shot of them all to make this or any NFL roster. He appears to be a camp body and nothing more.
So who comes out on top this summer? Nobody knows. That is the great thing about a new head coach, especially someone as innovative and welcoming to open competition as Chip Kelly is. You started 16 games last season? That's great, but you don't have a leg up on anybody. All 53 spots will be earned. Previous success will determine absolutely nothing at camp.
Should be a blast to see how this all unfolds.