Heading into the 2013 NFL preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback competition, between long time veteran, Michael Vick and, second-year player, Nick Foles, was one of — if not the — biggest headlines. New head coach Chip Kelly said from day one that the player who gives the team the best chance to win will start Week 1 against the Redskins. Throughout OTAs and training camp, the competition has been close and it has remained close through the first two games of the preseason, but it seems as if a favorite has emerged.
Through the first two games of the preseason, Vick and Foles have both played well. Vick’s stat line reads as follows: 13/15 for 199 yards, one TD and one interception that came on a Hail Mary pass. Foles has posted a very impressive stat line as well, going 11/14 for 96 yards, one rushing TD, one INT and a lost fumble. Though both quarterbacks have lead the Eagles offense up and down the field, Michael Vick had pulled ahead of Foles in one very key area: ball security.
Foles has turned the ball over twice in two games, while Vick’s only turnover came on a last second Hail Mary pass in game two. Chip Kelly has emphasized since day one that ball security would play a big role in determining the starting quarterback job and it seems like Foles’ turnovers will cost him the starting job.
Earlier today, the Eagles held another open practice and, according to reports, Vick got majority of the first team reps.
Kelly on Foles: “In both instances, two weeks in a row, what you learned from Nick is he can bounce back from an adverse situation.”
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 17, 2013
The third preseason game against the Jaguars on August 24 will go a long way in determining the starting job. It seems as if Vick has taken the lead in the competition and it is now his job to lose, but Foles will have at least one more chance to keep his name in the hat.