Make of this what you will: New Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced that Michael Vick will start the team's preseason opener against the Patriots and Nick Foles will be the starter next week. The reason, according to Kelly: It's Vick's "turn in the rotation."
Still, it's expected that Vick and Foles will split the first-team reps -- possibly alternating series -- with each player getting 12-20 snaps in Friday's game.
Kelly has announced that the job is wide open after Vick started 10 games last season before injuries sidelined him for the final six weeks -- and paved the way for Foles to end the season under center. But Vick seems like the best fit for Kelly's high-paced offense, even if NFL officials will determine just how high-paced it will be.
Whatever happens, Vick welcomes the competition.
“Every conversation I've had and everyone in this building has had with Michael about competition, he's all for it,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said last month. “He wants the best players to play and he's not shying away from competition in any aspect. He knew that when we signed him -- he knew there was going to be competition at every spot -- and he said nothing other than he wants to compete.”
In other Eagles-related depth-chart news, Allen Barbre will start at right tackle, and rookie first-rounder Lane Johnson will start at left tackle for the injured Jason Peters. Last season, the offensive line, beset by injuries, was one of the league's worst.
As for the Eagles' opponent, those concerns that the Patriots might be a shell of their former selves this season appear unfounded. New England and Philly have had joint practices this week ahead of Friday's game and here's how CSNPhilly.com's John Gonzalez describes the Pats' offense against the Eagles' defense.
"Not surprisingly, [Tom] Brady feasted on the Eagles' suspect secondary over the last two days during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. On Tuesday, he threw several touchdowns during red-zone sessions and went long stretches without an incompletion."
Sounds like business as usual in New England.