Michael Vick named Eagles starting quarterback

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Nick Foles. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick has been named the Eagles' starting quarterback for the season, coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday.

Kelly met with the quarterbacks on Tuesday morning to share the news. Vick will take the majority of the snaps in practice this week and will likely play two quarters against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Saturday's third preseason game.

"I think Mike is ahead right now," Kelly said. "I think Nick made it very difficult, though. It wasn't where it one guy went north and one guy went south. I think both guys upped their games. But at this point in time, I think Mike's ahead. And we want to move forward. This is a one-quarterback operation. This isn't going to be someone's going to look over their shoulder, or we're going to alternate by series."

Kelly emphasized he did not enter camp with "preconceived notions," and wanted to make sure the competition expressed itself and that it became obvious to the team.

"It was a thorough evaluation," Kelly said. "We had 16 opportunities in the spring with them. We had 20 practice opportunities while we were here at the NovaCare, plus two preseason games. That gave us 38 opportunities, along with walk-throughs, along with meetings."

Both Vick and Foles will be on the roster. Kelly said Foles was "great" in handling the announcement, calling Foles a "professional." Kelly also said Vick will continue to approach this "like it's an open competition" in effort to improve.

"Over the course of the time, we let this play out," Kelly said. "And the one thing we all learned from this group is I think we've got two guys -- and maybe even three guys -- that can play in this league. It was a healthy competition."

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