REPORT DATES: July 22nd (rookies), July 25th (veterans)
SITE: NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia, PA
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: The regime change in South Philly made the spring OTAs and minicamp a little more meaningful this time around as reporters assembled to catch a glimpse of Chip Kelly in hopes of seeing what college football's mad scientist was going to unleash on the NFL. After attending a number of those scaled-down offseason sessions, about the only thing known about Kelly is that he has an eclectic playlist on his iPod and likes things up-tempo at all times. Kelly would obviously like to have Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick piloting his offense. Or perhaps Cam Newton or Russell Wilson, but none of those tailor-made fits is an option for Philadelphia. Chip's choices are Michael Vick, the 33-year-old turnover machine who still has the athleticism to whet Kelly's appetite but not the decision-making skills, along with two pure pocket passers, second-year man Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley, a pair of players who could develop into sharp decision makers who get rid of the football with alacrity but offer no threat in the read-option Kelly is enamored with. For now, Vick remains the slight favorite to enter the season as the team's starter but Foles or even Barkley could easily wrest away Vick's tenuous hold on the job.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 9 - vs. New England, 7:30 PM Aug 15 - vs. Carolina, 7:30 PM Aug 24 - at Jacksonville, 7:30 PM Aug 29 - at NY Jets, 7:00 PM