DeSean Jackson: QB battle even
Michael Vick has said he hopes Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly will name a starting quarterback before training camp begins and that sentiment is shared by DeSean Jackson, the team's top wideout.
"The team wants to know too," Jackson said Tuesday in an interview with the NFL Network's "Total Access" program. "We need to go into training camp prepared and know who is going to be our starting quarterback."
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The Eagles finished their mandatory three-day minicamp last week and won't practice again until training begins in late July.
Vick, Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley competed in practices and each had chances running the No. 1 unit. Kelly made it clear following the minicamp that depth charts mean nothing in May and June no matter if it's quarterback or any other position.
"To make any decisions on who someone is from wearing shorts and T-shirts, doesn't make sense to us," Kelly said.
Kelly's logic makes sense to some Eagles, players, however.
"I haven't been evaluating our quarterbacks because I'm focused on the offensive line but I really don't see the point of Chip Kelly naming a starting QB before camp," veteran guard Evan Mathis told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
"This is an entirely new coaching staff with an entirely new offense, which isn't even fully installed yet. It's not rocket science; whoever the coaches feel will help the team the most will win the job after proving himself in training camp and preseason."
Jackson said Tuesday the competition has "been kind of even" between Vick and Foles.
"I think they would both do a great job and we will be ready for the season," he said.
The quarterback spot isn't the only position where competition is being stressed by Kelly and his staff, Jackson said.
"Nothing is set in stone for anybody," Jackson told the NFL Network. "Everybody on the team was able to go through first team, second team, third team. At the end of the day, I am very happy where I am at. I am not worried because at the end of the day I am going to out there, put my work in and do what I need to do to get my starting spot and keep it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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