Michael Vick has been on fire in both of the Philadelphia Eagles preseason games. He has proven that he should be the starter and most likely will since he seems very comfortable in Chip Kelly’s system.
According to multiple reports, Vick took most of the first-team reps today in practice and only split a few of them with Nick Foles. Prior to today’s practice, both quarterbacks usually had roughly and equal number of reps with the first team. After seeing Vick play with the first team most of the practice, it’s pretty clear that Foles is out of the quarterback race and No. 7 will be the starter.
Pending on what happens in the third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Vick should have this quarterback competition locked up since there isn’t much time for Foles to make his case. I doubt Kelly will have Vick play in the fourth preseason game since he is the front-runner, so Foles and Matt Barkley will probably see a good amount of time in the last game of the preseason.
The way Vick progressed from the first day of training camp up until now is incredible. He struggled a lot from day one, but kept improving every day and eventually won the job over Foles. I’m not going to downplay Foles because I think he will serve as a valuable backup to this team, but as of right now, it’s Vick’s job and Kelly is letting him take over the team in practice.
Vick was also the team favorite to win the job in the first place. Players like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy have hinted that they would like to see Vick win the job and now they have their wish.
Once again, Vick deserved to win the starting job. He simply outperformed Foles and is now taking most of the first-team reps. However, this doesn’t mean that if he struggles throughout the regular season that his job his safe, and Foles will certainly want to be ready if that time comes.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50