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Who's on 1st? Chip says it's complicated

If reporters had been allowed to watch the first day of Eagles minicamp Tuesday, maybe we'd know the identity of the No. 1 quarterback. But new coach Chip Kelly has closed this three-day session to the media, and in his news conference after practice, Kelly played coy (and we don't mean Detmer).

Who's on 1st? Chip says it's complicated

If reporters had been allowed to watch the first day of Eagles minicamp Tuesday, maybe we'd know the identity of the No. 1 quarterback. But new coach Chip Kelly has closed this three-day session to the media, and in his news conference after practice, Kelly played coy (and we don't mean Detmer).

Kelly said Michael Vick and Nick Foles are both No. 1, and that his depth chart doesn't mean much right now -- he said it's more of a seating chart, as he tries to get everybody organized so he can start the evaluation process.

"Nick was, Mike was, and I think Dennis Dixon (took some reps)," Kelly said. 'I think the first snap of (7-on-7), I think Mike took. The first snap of (full) team, I think Nick may have taken ... There wasn't one set guy that went with the ones all day."

Kelly said he envisions keeping the competition open through training camp.

'It's April 16th ... we're going to use the full time available to make a full evaluation. I think it fosters competition," Kelly said.

Kelly said everyone was present for the optional camp. (Sitting out the first camp under a new coach is a good way to make yourself optional, as everyone apparently grasped.) Center Jason Kelce, still working his way back from a knee injury, was the only sidelined projected starter. (Kelce has said he expects to be OK for training camp.)

"Good tempo, good pace, good energy," for a first day, Kelly said. He said the main objective was to get reps on film so the coaches can start to teach in the classroom.

Kelly said left tackle Jason Peters, returning from Achilles' surgery, looked to be "a very big human being who moves very well."

Kelly, who earlier in the day issued a statement saying he couldn't comment on the pending NCAA sanctions at Oregon, told reporters the investigation of his Oregon program had no bearing on his decision to go to the NFL.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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