As we all know, the Philadelphia Eagles will have a competition at quarterback this offseason and it should be fun to watch.
The quarterbacks on the Eagles roster consist of Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne. We can already cross out Dixon and Kinne since it doesn’t look like they will make the 53-man roster unless there is a trade or an injury to Vick, Foles, or Barkley.
However, weirder things have happened. For instance, no one thought Trent Edwards would’ve made the 2012 roster last year, but he ended up having a solid pre-season and became a good mentor to Foles. So I’m not going to rule out Dixon or Kinne just yet.
So far during organized team activities and mini-camps, both Vick and Foles have had their ups and downs, but apparently Foles looks sharper than Vick at this point. Foles seems to be much more accurate and seems to be more comfortable in Chip Kelly’s offense.
Now obviously there are no pads on and no pass rush, so I don’t think any of us should be impressed just yet. However, you can tell how much of a difference a year makes for an NFL quarterback. If you were to compare Foles last season to this season, he is much better and more alert.
Now Foles has the opportunity to prove to the Eagles he is their future. He is taking first team reps and if he believes he is better than Vick, he needs to prove it this off-season.
Vick’s age is the obvious reason that he is not the quarterback for the future. He is also on a one-year deal and is a few bad games from being benched or released. Now he could very well start this season, but calling him the future quarterback is an absolute stretch.
Now we move on to Barkley, a sharp kid who was once considered to be a top-five pick if he declared for the 2012 NFL Draft after his impressive junior season.
Barkley decided to stay for his senior season to try and win USC a national championship. That goal crumbled, but Barkley still had a solid season. However, it didn’t reflect his previous year. He ended the season with a shoulder injury and this lead him to fall all the way to the top of the fourth round in the 2013 NFL Draft, where the Birds picked him up.
Barkley has a lot of tools to work with and is extremely intelligent. If there is any quarterback in this year’s draft class that can come in and immediately learn his team’s playbook it’s definitely Barkley. He doesn’t have a big-time arm, but he is extremely accurate and he can put the ball where only his wide receiver can catch it.
I would have to say he has the most potential out of any quarterback on the Eagles roster and probably any quarterback in this year’s draft class. The word “potential” gets thrown around too loosely nowadays, but he very well could be the quarterback for the future for the Eagles.
But what if none of these quarterbacks prove to Kelly they are worthy of starting for him? Well obviously Kelly needs to pick one of these guys to start this season, but there are a lot of really good quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft such as Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, David Fales, etc.
So the quarterbacks for the Eagles need to make their case this year more than ever. This competition should be fun to watch.