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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Eagles need to look for veteran backup at QB

By Calvin Watkins

Michael Vick is expected to visit the New York Jets this weekend and if all goes according to plan he’ll backup Geno Smith and send Mark Sanchez to the free agent market.

With Vick looking for a new place of employment it leads you to wonder if the Eagles quarterback situation is really stable.

Yes, the starter is Nick Foles and that’s not changing with Chip Kelly as the coach.

But is a man with 16 starts under his belt ready to take the Eagles to playoffs again without a proven backup in place?

Currently, the Eagles have Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on the roster as the backup quarterbacks. Is this good enough?

Barkley struggled in two appearances last season when Foles was nicked up. Kinne spent time with the Eagles in the preseason and eventually was released but re-signed to the practice squad in October.

Should the Eagles look at a veteran backup to Foles?

The Eagles have struggled with the health of their quarterbacks. The last time a quarterback finished a full season with the Eagles was 2008 when Donovan McNabb was still around.

McNabb made 14 starts in 2009, but after he was traded to Washington, Vick took over and didn’t start more than 13 games in a season.

The Eagles have started Vince Young, Kevin Kolb and Foles at quarterback due to injuries suffered by Vick.

And Foles himself left games with injuries, leading to Barkley to get his playing time.

Should Foles go down again with injury in 2014, maybe the Eagles need a veteran on the roster? Matt Flynn? Jason Campbell? Josh Freeman? Rex Grossman? Sanchez?

Whoever is signed, the key will be that veteran’s ability to run Kelly’s spread offense with efficiency. Not every quarterback can do it, and finding the right fit will be important.

As of now, it’s Barkley, but the Eagles might want to find somebody else.