PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When Nick Foles and Matt Barkley arrived at the NovaCare Complex on Monday, both appeared confident. Both quarterbacks were ready to compete to be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The third competitor has arrived, and he’s saying the same thing.
“I’m confident in myself and I’m very confident. That’s the only reason why I’m standing here,” Vick said via Philadelphia Eagles.com. “I believe in me. I know what I can do. I know I’ve got a lot of years left to play this game.”
When head coach Chip Kelly announced after OTAs that he wouldn’t be naming a starter until training camp, Vick appeared to balk, frustrated that he wasn’t clearly the first string quarterback.
The frustration seems to have been put aside for the time being.
“The most important thing, like my coach told me (Monday), is that we have to come out here and we have to compete every day. We’ve got to give it everything we’ve got,” Vick said. “From now on until my career is over, until I stop playing the game of football, I’m going to compete every day and I love that part about football. I love the competition aspect and I love what I do. I love the game that I play. That supersedes everything.”
Vick says he put on four pounds of muscle in the offseason, to help prevent injuries when he gets hit.
The first full practice for the Eagles is Friday. The starting quarterback will be named… before the regular season begins.