After going 4-12 in the 2012 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles have brought in new head coach Chip Kelly to try and get things going in a much more positive direction. That means that there are going to be a ton of curious ears and eyes on the Eagles as they head into training camp and into the preseason.
Arguably Philadelphia’s most high-profiled player, quarterback Michael Vick is undoubtedly going to be under the most magnifying of microscopes when training camp rolls around given his issues over the last couple of seasons and his inability to lead this team to the playoffs.
Injuries, often a nemesis of Vick over his career, limited Vick to 10 games last season. In those games, he completed just 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Vick also recorded 62 carries last season, going for just 332 yards and only one touchdown. Vick also lost seven fumbles last season.
Vick’s turnover problems and his lowest yards-per-carry average (5.4) of any year where he’s started the majority of his team’s games, are obvious red flags for where his career is heading. That being said, it’s clear Vick still has a ton of athleticism and hasn’t lost his ability completely as a passer.
What remains to be seen, though, is how Vick will look and perform in Kelly’s offensive system that he will be instituting with the Eagles. With Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon and rookie Matt Barkley all coming to camp for the Eagles, Vick won’t be without competition. It certainly will be interesting to see if he answers the call or, unfortunately for him, loses his job.