Chip says starters will play first half

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (Matt Rourke/AP)

You'll see a little more of Nick Foles and Michael Vick Thursday night against the Panthers, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly said he hopes to play his starters about two quarters. Foles and Vick again will divvy up the "starter" reps, with Foles getting the first series this time. In the preseason opener against New England, Vick and Foles each got two series, and each QB produced one touchdown.

"We'll see how that plays itself out," Kelly said. "Does that mean (the QBs will alternate) by series, or whatever? It depends on how many snaps and how long the series are ... if we get a lot of reps in the first quarter," Kelly might go to subs at some point in the second. 'Some of our 'ones' only played nine or 10 snaps the other night."

Kelly said he doesn't expect Jason Peters (hamstring), who hasn't practiced fully this week, to be able to play. Longsnapper Jon Dorenbos and guard Danny Watkins, who have concussions, did not participate in Tuesday's walkthrough and are not expected to play. For Watkins, the 2011 first-round pick relegated to backup work, obviously every game is important to forging a future with a new coaching staff that had nothing to do with drafting him.

Kelly was asked what he hopes to see from the second time out.

"Some of the young guys, the surprise and the newness hopefully will wear off ... there were some wide-eyed guys, and understandably so, in that first game against the Patriots.

"Defensively, are we better in terms of our gaps, in terms of our pursuit to the football? Getting everybody to the ball and rallying to make sure we stop those long runs and those long plays that they had."


New WR Jeff Maehl participated in Tuesday's walkthrough and said he hopes to get into Thursday's game. He said the offense is similar to the one he worked in under Chip Kelly at Oregon, with different terminology.