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Friday, June 7, 2013
Eagles minicamp: Not much to fear for Vick

By Dan Graziano

PHILADELPHIA -- I don't blame Michael Vick for his frustration. This is no way to prepare for a season, all of this shuttling in and out from series to series, switching off the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback reps with Nick Foles. Vick said after practice Thursday that it was tough and that he'd prefer to have coach Chip Kelly name a starter soon. Foles played the good soldier, saying it was fine and that, "I think each quarterback respects each other guy on this team that we can be men about it." But you watch the constant in-and-out and you can tell, it's no way to prepare for a season.

Michael Vick
Michael Vick, as well as all the other Eagles QBs, are adjusting to coach Chip Kelly's new offense.
Thing is, though, that's not what they were doing this week. This was June minicamp, not August training camp. The point of this week's practices and the organized team activities that preceded them was less about preparing for a season than it was about learning and practicing new concepts while putting things on tape for the new coaching staff to evaluate over the coming months. So while, as I said, I can understand Vick's impatience and frustration, I think this down time between minicamp and training camp should help him cool down a bit and realize he doesn't have much to fear.

Could he still lose the starting quarterback job to Foles? Of course. But after spending three days around the team these past couple of weeks, I maintain my belief that this summer would have to be a colossal failure by Vick in order for anyone else to get the job. There's just no one else in that red-shirted quintet who offers what Vick offers in terms of experience and 2013 upside. Foles remains, for me at least, remarkably uninspiring. Matt Barkley looks like a rookie who's well behind the rest of the pack. Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne look like backups, which is what they are.

Was it a frustrating day on the field for Vick? Sure. He threw a pass right into one of those black "flyswatter" things those guys wear on their backs to simulate the pass rush in 7-on-7 drills. His efforts in team drills stalled while Foles completed a 60-yard touchdown bomb to DeSean Jackson. I could see why Vick was frustrated Thursday, sure. But there's a long way to go in this yet, and I think he's going to have to really show he can't handle the type of offense Kelly wants to run if Kelly's going to give control of that offense to someone else in Week 1.

Other stuff I noticed this week at Eagles minicamp: