The Philadelphia Eagles will have a new head coach in 2013, as former Oregon coach Chip Kelly will take over for Andy Reid. Just how Kelly’s fast-paced offense will look at the NFL level is unknown, but there will not be an immediate change under center as Michael Vick recently agreed to a restructured contract, and will be back with the team next season.
Who will be behind Vick on the depth chart is a bit unclear, with Kelly indicating 2012 third-round pick Nick Foles will be part of an open competition with Vick for the starting job. Trade rumors have surfaced surrounding Foles, including some reported interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, who have Reid in place as their new head coach. If Foles is dealt at some point, who could be in place as Vick’s backup?
The Eagles signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to a two-year deal on Thursday, which was not a surprising move considering Kelly was offensive coordinator at Oregon during Dixon’s senior season. Dixon spent the 2012 season on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens, but he did make three starts during the 2009 and 2010 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in the fifth round (156th overall) in 2008.
Dixon had an excellent senior season at the helm of Kelly’s offense in 2007, with 2,136 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes with just four interceptions along with 583 rushing yards and nine more scores as he earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors. But his season, and Heisman Trophy candidacy, came to an end when he tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the final few games.
Dixon’s body of work as a pro is obviously not extensive, with just 59 pass attempts in five seasons, so he is unlikely to step right in and compete for the starting job in Philadelphia regardless of any history with his new head coach. But if the depth chart clears out some, most likely with Foles being traded, it’s not out of the question he could open next season as Vick’s primary backup.
Dixon has a long way to go before landing on the radar of fantasy football owners, but with Vick’s age (33 on June 26) and injury history (just one season playing all 16 games in 10 NFL seasons) whoever serves as his backup could easily find himself pressed into action at some point.
Owners in very deep dynasty leagues should remember Dixon’s potentially favorable situation, particularly those that end up with Vick as their QB1, but other than that he will not be worthy of a draft pick in any other fantasy format .
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.