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February 16, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles continued to add to their stable of quarterbacks and further hinted at the way they might play under coach Chip Kelly when the team signed Dennis Dixon to a two-year contract Thursday. Dixon, a practice squad quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens this season, excelled in college at Oregon when Kelly was his offensive coordinator. The 28-year old quarterback was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 and started three games. "We are excited to bring in Dennis Dixon to compete at the quarterback position," general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement.
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February 20, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five years have passed since Dennis Dixon played for Chip Kelly when Kelly was the offensive coordinator at Oregon. Dixon, a new Eagles quarterback, does not know entirely what to expect from the new Eagles coach. But he knows enough about Kelly to predict how Kelly's style and system will translate to the NFL. "If everybody buys into what Chip Kelly is selling, the sky's the limit," Dixon said Monday. Whether Dixon figures into those plans remains to be seen. Dixon must first fight for a roster spot then fight for a starting job. The other quarterbacks on the Eagles roster are Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and Trent Edwards.
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February 20, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DENNIS DIXON said Monday that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly "can tailor his offense to whoever is presented" at quarterback. But Dixon is the only Eagles quarterback who has been presented with the opportunity to run a Kelly attack, at Oregon in 2007, and he's hoping that will be a big factor in his favor when he steps onto the field with Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Trent Edwards. If Vick makes it through the offseason healthy, it seems pretty likely he will be the 2013 starter, given that Vick will make at least $7.5 million this season under the terms of his reworked contract.
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March 2, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles worked out quarterback G.J. Kinne on Thursday and are expected to sign him once procedural issues are cleared up. Kinne, a 24-year-old Tulsa product, tweeted Thursday evening that he's "officially a Philadelphia Eagle. " However, he did not a sign a contract Thursday. When Kinne played at Tulsa, his quarterbacks coach was Press Taylor, who is now the Eagles' offensive quality control coach. Kinne threw for 3,090 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2011 while rushing for 405 yards.
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April 16, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles announced that they released reserve quarterback Trent Edwards on Monday, a day before the team opens its first minicamp under coach Chip Kelly.   Edwards' release comes as little surprise. The Eagles added two quarterbacks already this offseason - Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne - and are expected to select another during next week's NFL draft.   Kelly has said that his offensive system does not require mobile quarterbacks, but Dixon and Kinne are considered athletic quarterbacks.
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July 25, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
SOMEBODY ASKED Michael Vick yesterday about the recent prediction by Snoop Dog's new little buddy, DeSean Jackson, that Vick will be the last man standing in the Eagles' quarterback battle. Vick was very diplomatic, pointing out that no matter who is named the starting quarterback, Jackson and the rest of the team's offensive players will play hard for him. "They will support Nick [Foles] or me or G.J. [Kinne] or Matt Barkley or whoever is lining up behind center," Vick said.
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November 16, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The curse of No. 2 claimed another victim. Second-ranked Oregon lost Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to a knee injury and never recovered in a 34-24 upset by host Arizona last night. Oregon (8-2, 5-2 Pac-10) became the fifth No. 2 team to lose since Oct. 6, following USC, California, South Florida and Boston College. The Ducks' defeat could open the door for third-ranked Oklahoma in the Associated Press Top 25, and for No. 3 Kansas in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
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July 30, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The last Eagles franchise quarterback worthy of the title ran out of the old familiar tunnel into a strange new world. Donovan McNabb wore a bright - dare we call it kelly? - green shirt as he made his way between rows of the former teammates and total strangers that comprise the 2013 Eagles. It was a jog he made many times during his career, but it was never like this. For one thing, it was a training camp practice, something he experienced only at Lehigh University. For another, there was no sign of Andy Reid.
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February 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Whether it was a sign of genuine enthusiasm or an effort to raise the asking price, Eagles coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman were adamant in their support of quarterback Nick Foles on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Foles' future in Philadelphia has come into question since Kelly was hired because of Kelly's recent history with mobile quarterbacks. It appeared even more questionable when the Eagles renegotiated a deal with Michael Vick, who will be 33 next season, and added Dennis Dixon, another mobile threat.
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April 5, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles insisted Wednesday that he fits Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense, a belief that has been challenged by those who say Kelly's system at Oregon was at its best with a mobile quarterback. Foles said he knows the offense the Eagles expect to run, and he can play in that offense. "I wouldn't be right here right now if I didn't," Foles said. "I think I would be somewhere else. Yeah, I believe I fit here. I want to be here. I love this team, and I love this city. " Foles is usually mild-mannered, but he was adamant when reporters peppered him about his playing style.
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September 1, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
HERE'S MY CRACK at the 53-man roster the Eagles must end up with by 6 p.m. today, working with who was still around after yesterday's cut from 75 to 62, not inferring any additions. The Eagles might pick up several players as other teams cut down; that would knock some guys who've made my 53 off the bubble. Quarterback: Of course, Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. I have been told Dennis Dixon retains practice-squad eligibility in what I believe to be his 15th NFL season, because he hasn't played in nine career games, or spent three seasons on a practice squad.
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August 30, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new coach, many new faces, and injuries to several players on the bubble have made forecasting the Eagles' 53-man roster a difficult task. Chip Kelly has Thursday night's preseason finale at the New York Jets to make final evaluations, but we're getting a two-day head start - NFL rosters must be trimmed by 6 p.m. Saturday - on predicting who stays and who goes. The 53-man regular-season roster will be, of course, fluid. The Eagles are expected to add waived players from other teams at spots in which they are thin in advance of the Sept.
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August 7, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SAND TURNED to ink, right before our eyes. New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has famously avoided releasing a depth chart, a persistent topic of speculation, given the quarterbacking competition between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Early in training camp , Kelly joked that his depth chart was written in sand. But the Eagles had to put out game notes yesterday for Friday's preseason opener against the Patriots (who arrive at NovaCare today for 3 days of joint practices). Those game notes had to include a depth chart, to replace the one that's been sitting on the team website since the end of last season and includes Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson as the starting defensive tackles (which they might be, for the Giants)
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July 30, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The last Eagles franchise quarterback worthy of the title ran out of the old familiar tunnel into a strange new world. Donovan McNabb wore a bright - dare we call it kelly? - green shirt as he made his way between rows of the former teammates and total strangers that comprise the 2013 Eagles. It was a jog he made many times during his career, but it was never like this. For one thing, it was a training camp practice, something he experienced only at Lehigh University. For another, there was no sign of Andy Reid.
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July 25, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
SOMEBODY ASKED Michael Vick yesterday about the recent prediction by Snoop Dog's new little buddy, DeSean Jackson, that Vick will be the last man standing in the Eagles' quarterback battle. Vick was very diplomatic, pointing out that no matter who is named the starting quarterback, Jackson and the rest of the team's offensive players will play hard for him. "They will support Nick [Foles] or me or G.J. [Kinne] or Matt Barkley or whoever is lining up behind center," Vick said.
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July 22, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Hey, I just realized Chip Kelly hasn't named a first-string quarterback yet. Has anyone else picked up on that? That might make a good story as training camp opens. Nobody's done one yet, right? Well, as it turns out, the Eagles quarterback situation, and Kelly's steadfast refusal to anoint a favorite, much less a starter, has been chewed over more than a two-dollar steak. In the past month, local papers, including The Inquirer and our spunky kid sister, the Daily News, have written more than 30 stories hashing and rehashing the competition among Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, and Dennis Dixon.
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July 18, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles selected Matt Barkley in the fourth round of April's NFL draft, the initial surprise was not that the Eagles landed a touted quarterback who might have been a first-round pick a year earlier. The surprise was that Barkley was tabbed to play in Chip Kelly's offense, which conventional thinking suggested required a mobile quarterback. "If the fact they have the ability to run, I believe that's an added bonus, but that's not the precursor to what we do," Kelly said. "We've said it since day one. I want the quarterback that has the ability to run. I do not want a running back that can throw.
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July 17, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Chip Kelly said in April around the draft that "repetitive accuracy" was "the No. 1 quality" the Eagles were looking for in a quarterback, like so much of what he says it sounded revealing. Gee, so that's what it takes to be an elite quarterback. Of course, Kelly, the NFL neophyte, said what most pro head coaches would have said when asked to pinpoint the most important trait in a quarterback. Kelly has since added "decision making" to the top of his list - as would many other coaches - but a good deal of being an accurate thrower comes from making the right choices.
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June 26, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Matt Barkley was an incoming freshman at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., he competed with two other quarterbacks during the preseason before earning the starting job. As a true freshman at Southern California, Barkley beat two older, touted quarterbacks during fall camp for the No. 1 spot. Now as a rookie for the Eagles, Barkley is in a similar situation. Michael Vick and Nick Foles are the front-runners to win Chip Kelly's quarterback competition, but it's possible for the fourth-round pick to beat them out - to begin the season or at some point during the season.
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May 25, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Lazor's entire job is devoted to the topic most discussed among Eagles fans: the quarterback competition. Although Lazor works with and evaluates the Eagles passers, the decision on the starting quarterback will be up to head coach Chip Kelly. But Lazor, the quarterbacks coach, undoubtedly has influence. Michael Vick and Nick Foles are splitting first-team reps, and rookie Matt Barkley remains a possibility. Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne are the other quarterbacks on the roster.
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