Eagles Notes: Vick and Foles split first-team reps

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 20 of 24 passes in Friday's first full-squad workout. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 20 of 24 passes in Friday's first full-squad workout. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff
Posted: July 28, 2013

As they did during the spring, Michael Vick and Nick Foles split first-team repetitions at quarterback during the Eagles' first full squad practice of training camp.

Vick was first up and finished with the most total (42) and first-team (25) snaps during team and seven-on-seven drills, according to an unofficial count. He completed 22 of 27 passes and was intercepted by linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

Foles took 37 total snaps, 18 with the ones. He hit on 20 of 24 throws, and was aided once when wide receiver DeSean Jackson made a circus catch.

Chip Kelly, as he has said all along, remained in little hurry to name a starter.

"We've been out here in shorts and T-shirts," Kelly said Friday. "We haven't had pads on. They don't get hit. Tell me who's going to stand in the pocket against a full rush. I haven't seen them do that."

Rookie Matt Barkley took 26 snaps with the third-team offense. He completed 12 of 18 passes and tossed one interception. Dennis Dixon was under center with the third team eight times and was 3 of 3.

G.J. Kinne didn't get any work during team or seven-on-seven drills.

None of the top three quarterbacks was made available to the media on Friday.

Bumps and bruises

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn suffered a left knee injury and cornerback Cary Williams tweaked his right hamstring. Both left practice early.

Benn was unavailable for comment, and was being evaluated after practice. Any discussion of an injury for Benn is cause for concern, as the former second-round pick has struggled with his health throughout his career. The Eagles acquired him in March after a disappointing stint with the Buccaneers. He offers an attractive combination of size of skills if he can remain healthy.

Williams said his injury was "nothing major." The injury came after he was taking snaps with the first-team defense. He caused controversy this spring when he missed part of the offseason program for personal reasons, but his injury does not appear to be serious and he will return within a few days.

Safety Kenny Phillips, who practiced with restrictions during the spring, has no restrictions during training camp. The free-agent acquisition from the Giants has had knee issues during the last few seasons.

"He ran the conditioning test yesterday," Kelly said. "He's full-go."

Watkins starting over

He'll be 29 in November and is entering his third season since the Eagles drafted him in the 2011 first round, but Danny Watkins said that he's "starting from scratch" this season.

Watkins lost his starting right-guard spot last season and is unlikely to crack the starting lineup this season after the Eagles drafted Lane Johnson fourth overall and moved Todd Herremans from right tackle to right guard.

"It's going to help the team," Watkins said. "On one hand that's great, we're going to be that much better up front, but it sets me back. That's not anybody's fault but mine."

Watkins ran with the second team at right guard on Friday and could be fighting for a roster spot.

His conflicts with former offensive line coach Howard Mudd have been well-documented, but he said that was "water under the bridge." Watkins preferred to focus on his relationship with new O-line coach Jeff Stoutland.

"He's more of a people person I guess you could say," Watkins said. "I think that goes a long way when you're really passionate about who you want to play for."

Extra points

Running back William Powell, who was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on Wednesday, was released because of a failed physical. . . . Every player passed his conditioning test on Thursday, including running back Matthew Tucker and punter Brad Wing, who failed it on Monday. Both rookies were activated off the non-football injury list and returned to practice. . . . The Eagles will have the clear-bag policy enforced at Sunday's practice at Lincoln Financial Field. Fans may bring clear bags that do not exceed 12x6x12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags; or small clutch bags the size of a hand. . . . Every ticket issued for Sunday has been reserved. There are still tickets available for the four other open practices.

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