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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Michael Vick will start Friday night’s Eagles preseason opener against the New England Patriots, Chip Kelly announced today.
“Matt Barkley will play in the second and third quarter is our plan, and then Dennis [Dixon] and G.J. [Kinne], hopefully, the way it will work out will get the reps in the fourth,” Kelly said. “Nick will start next week, so it was Mike’s day in the rotation so that was the easiest way to do it. And we’ll make sure the rotation works out so Nick will get the start next week. We feel like we’ve got it balanced out. We met with those guys this morning, and they were great with it, so that’s our plan going in.”
Kelly said that Vick and Foles will likely rotate series’ during the game.
“Sometimes something bad happens and a guy gets two snaps because there was a turnover or something that happened that wasn’t their fault,” Kelly said. “So we’ll try to balance them as much as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t always work the way you want it. Ideally, in the ideal world, we’ll split the number of snaps, but we’ll do it by series.”
Kelly doesn’t think that alternating series’ will disrupt the rhythm of either quarterback.
“You’re going to get your snaps and you’re going to make plays. So if at the end of the day you say I didn’t get a chance to get into rhythm and the other guy did, then you’re in there, you go. If you’re worried about what else is going on around you, then that’s going to be what you blame,” Kelly said. “We have a big sign on our locker room: ‘We’re mentally and physically tough, we work hard and don’t make excuses.’ I don’t anticipate that from those guys. They’ve been fantastic since I’ve been here, so that’s not an issue.”