Eagles Participate In First Training Camp Practice
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By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles rookies and selected veterans were on the practice field in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, although the pads weren’t exactly popping.
The players went through a light workout which lasted about an hour. It will be one of two practice days without the full squad. Despite the limited workout, Eagles Coach Chip Kelly says this is a valuable period for the players who are here early.
“I think it helps,” said Kelly. “It’s two days, and it’s how the rules are set up, so we’re going to take advantage of those two days and get out there. Anything we can do with them is better than not doing anything at all.”
Kelly’s stance on the battle for jobs has not changed since his arrival in Philadelphia. He emphasized that jobs will be up for grabs throughout training camp.
“Everybody in camp is going to get an opportunity to show us what their resume is,” Kelly said. “Your resume is what you put on tape every day. If someone continues to make plays and someone else continues not to make plays, then that guy is going to move up and the other guy is going to move down. Our depth chart is written in sand right now.”
The part of the depth chart which is creating the most buzz is the battle for the starting quarterback position. Michael Vick understands nothing has been guaranteed and knows the battle for the starting job could last throughout much of training camp.
“We’ve got to come out here and compete every day,” said Vick. “We’ve got to give it everything we’ve got. From now on until my career is over and when I stop playing the game of football, I’m going to compete every day.”
And what would Vick’s reaction be if he were to lose the battle for the starting job?
“I’ll continue to support this team,” Vick said. “I’m here for one reason, and that’s to help this football team win by any means necessary. If I have to watch film with all of the quarterbacks or coach the quarterbacks one day, then that’s what I’ll do.”
The team’s first workout in pads is expected to take place on Sunday.