The Eagles will have a starting quarterback on Friday night against the Patriots.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly confirmed that much on Wednesday. The identity of that quarterback and how much of the game they will play remains unknown, however, as Kelly passed on the opportunity to anoint either Michael Vick or Nick Foles as the man to take the first snap of the preseason. Kelly also warned that the only thing to read into his choice for Friday’s game is that Vick or Foles is the starter on Friday night.
“They’re both going to get reps,” Kelly said, via John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com. “So whoever takes the first rep, let’s not mark them as anything. Someone is going to be the first guy. We’ll have a plan as we go through. We’ll sit down as a staff — how many number of reps are those guys going to get? And we’ll go from there. We do have to have someone start the game, but I wouldn’t say the guy who starts the game is going to be the starter overall, in general, as we get going on September 9. How do we divvy up Mike and Nick’s snaps? We’ll try to make that as even as possible.”
Vick got about twice as many snaps with the first team on Wednesday, which Gonzalez reports was a reversal of the split from Tuesday so there’s not much sense reading the tea leaves yet about who will wind up as the starter in Philadelphia.