This year’s training camp will be especially intriguing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only do they have a new head coach in Chip Kelly, but they have added yet another quarterback to the mix by drafting Matt Barkley out of USC.
At the moment, Michael Vick seems pretty confident he will be the starter come week one, but training camp will tell a lot more about that story as it kicks off here soon. Both Vick and Barkley will be competing with 24 year-old Nick Foles for the starting spot.
As a rookie last year, Foles played in seven games and compiled a passer rating of 79.1 while throwing for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also fumbled the ball five times.
Going into his second season, Foles has quite the competition ahead of him. The 6’6” former Arizona prospect has a lot to like about him, but are the Eagles going in a different direction with Barkley?
Camp will be a big part of Foles’ immediate future as he could not be competing for the starting spot, but assuming Vick holds his position, he may be fighting for second string. Last year, the Eagles were high on Foles and it looked as though he could be their guy in the future after Vick winds up leaving or retiring.
If Foles performs well in camp, he may not be the Eagles starter this season but he could up the trade value he holds for Philadelphia. If the Eagles want to keep Barkley, Foles could still have a chance to play elsewhere. That possibility, however, will be dependent on how he impresses first and foremost in camp.