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Vick: I'll help team, even if I'm not starter

Michael Vick spoke with reporters after his first practice of training camp. He said he plans to compete every day for the starting QB job, but he did not indicate he'd want to leave if he didn't win.

Vick: I'll help team, even if I'm not starter

Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles. (Staff File Photo)
Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles. (Staff File Photo)

Michael Vick was in a playful mood when he met with reporters Tuesday, pretending to be hurt that they hadn't noticed the four pounds of muscle he said he put on in the offseason.

On a more serious level, new coach Chip Kelly had to approve of the tone Vick struck. He talked of "competing every day" for the starting quarterback job, but said he would help the team any way he could if Nick Foles or Matt Barkley were to be named the starter. Obviously, one scenario would be a trade or release of Vick, should the starter since 2010 under Andy Reid not emerge in that role by the Sept. 9 season opener at Washington.

Kelly, by the way, said he will have a starter by the time he begins to install the gameplan for the Redskins -- so we won't have to wait to see who comes out of the FedEx Field tunnel that day.

'I'd continue to support this team," Vick said. "I'm here for one reason -- to help this team win football games ... by any means necessary, whatever it takes. If I have to watch film with alll the quarterbacks, or if I have to coach the quarterbacks one day, that's what I'll do. I can do it."

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Asked if he is confident he will win the job, Vick said: "I'm confident in myself ... I believe in me, I know what I can do, I know I've got a lot of years left to play this game."

Kelly, meanwhile, reiterated that "our depth chart is written in sand," meaning he is keeping an open mind in many situations, with the first full team practice scheduled for Friday at NovaCare, and the first-ever practice with pads under Kelly scheduled for Sunday at the Linc, with the public invited.

Click here for complete coverage of Eagles training camp.

DN Members Only: On the DNL blog, Rich Hofmann writes about another layer of mystery added to Chip Kelly's opener.

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