PHILADELPHIA - While quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson are eager to know who will be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback, it's clear Chip Kelly isn't picking a guy before training camp.
Kelly's logic makes sense to others.
"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 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."
Vick and UA alum Nick Foles competed along with rookie Matt Barkley throughout the team's spring practices. Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne also took reps.
"To make any decisions on who someone is from wearing shorts and T-shirts, doesn't make sense to us," Kelly said last week.
That's why a starter won't be named by the time training camp opens July 22. Of course, Vick and Jackson prefer to know now.
All that matters is Kelly's opinion. He wants to see the players compete in pads at camp and in games in August.
"Doesn't matter how long Mike's been in the league or Nick or what systems he's come from. They're both really wrapping around what (quarterbacks coach) Billy (Lazor) and (offensive coordinator) Pat (Shurmur) are teaching them," Kelly said.
"So, I think it's fun."
Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl pick, has battled injuries and inconsistency the last two years after having his best all-around season as a pro in 2010. Foles, a third-round pick last year, was 1-5 as a starter last year on a team that finished 4-12. Foles completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
"The only thing that's in my control is what I do on the field," Foles said after the team finished minicamp. "I don't go to sleep at night, sweating, wondering where I am (on the depth chart). What I can do is work hard, come out, be on the field and be a leader to these guys. Execute the plays.
"Make the guys around me better."
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