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Vick's opportunities this season will determine the direction of his career path moving forward. It will also determine if the Eagles did the right thing by breaking the bank for Kolb.
If Vick holds down the starting job for one reason or another for the duration of the season, it's possible the Eagles could look to re-sign him to be the quarterback for the coming years.
That would mean moving Kolb, who still has tremendous value despite his large contract and relatively incomplete body of work.
Before making any decision, Philadelphia needs to know exactly what Vick can do. Despite his prolonged absence from the game, his body has taken a pounding.
Can he withstand the physical demands of an entire season without breaking down? Can he develop chemistry with receivers and run a West Coast offense successfully game in and game out?
Those questions will only be answered if he gets a chance to display his talents in a full-time, starting role.