Coming off of a 14-9 win over the Panthers, in which Michael Vick appeared to take the lead over Nick Foles in the Eagles’ starting quarterback competition, the Birds held their fourth open practice of the summer on Saturday at the Linc.
Head coach Chip Kelly stuck with his rotation, letting Vick run with the ones first after Foles started Thursday night against Carolina. However, despite Vick’s impressive performance, Kelly still isn’t ready to name a starter as the team preps for its third preseason game.
“Our whole plan going into this is we have two days, Saturday and Sunday, where it’s just base fundamentals, a lot of situation work into the game, into-the-half scenarios," Kelly said after again declining to name a starter.
"That’ll go on again tomorrow and then as a staff we’ll sit down on Monday, because it’s an off day for us, and then put together what our plan is for the Jacksonville game.”
Vick received all of the first-team reps over the first hour-and-a-half of Saturday’s practice, and just when it looked like things would stay that way, Foles trotted out with the ones for the final run of 11-on-11 drills.
According to CSNPhilly.com’s unofficial tally, Vick took 31 reps (23 with the first-team) on Saturday, while Foles took 25 total snaps, including eight with the first-team. Vick completed 19 of 22 passes and Foles completed 12 of 16.
"I didn't even notice," Vick said. "I'm so used to going in there back and forth with the ones and twos that I'm used to it. I don't look at it any different. Regardless of when you're taking snaps or who you're out there with, I approach each and every snap like that's my unit out there."
Matt Barkley, who completed 8 of 14 passes for 72 yards on Thursday, took all 14 of his snaps with the third team, completing 4 of 7 passes.
Both Foles and Vick led scoring drives in the red zone portion of 11-on-11’s. Foles connected with DeSean Jackson on a completion down to the two-yard line, and the first-team offense punched it in one play later. Vick, working with the twos inside the 10-yard line, hit rookie tight end Zach Ertz for a touchdown on the right side of the end zone.
All three quarterbacks stood out in one-on-one’s, but for different reasons.
Vick launched a pretty pass 30 yards down the right sideline that was reeled in by Clay Harbor, while Foles and Barkley combined to throw three interceptions.
Barkley threw a pass intended for James Casey in the flat, but linebacker Mychal Kendricks stepped in front of the tight end and picked it off. Barkley later tossed another pick to rookie cornerback Jordan Poyer, who was covering recently acquired wide receiver Jeff Maehl.
Foles was intercepted in the end zone by Brandon Boykin after throwing a pass intended for a double-teamed Riley Cooper.
Vick was under center with the ones in the team’s 11-on-11 goal-line drill, and connected with Ertz for a touchdown on his lone rep. Both Foles and Barkley tossed incompletions with the second and third teams, respectively.