Michael Vick is taking the bulk of the offense’s 1st-team snaps, according to WR Jeremy Maclin. Fellow QB Nick Foles is also receiving some reps with the starting unit, but Vick is clearly the leader in the clubhouse for the starting QB job so far.
If he can hold off Foles and rookie Matt Barkley in training camp, Vick does indeed deserve a final crack at the starting job. He has the complete confidence of his teammates and his athleticism could jump-start Chip Kelly’s offense at the NFL level.
Even in a traditional west coast offense, Vick is the best passer on the roster because he processes the game faster than Foles, has much more arm talent, and trusts himself to make plays down the field. To this point in his career, Foles has been captain checkdown and has shown great reluctance and questionable decision-making when throwing the ball down the field. His lack of athleticism also limits what the Eagles can do offensively.
While Vick should win the QB competition this season, 2013 will be his last season in Philadelphia unless he significantly improves his play. In 2014, Chip Kelly may be more inclined to hold a true open competition at QB between Foles, Barkley, and potentially another player.