Frank Irving

3 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Eagles' 2013 Season

Created on Aug. 20, 2013 3:47 PM EST

Depth At Quarterback

Michael Vick has played almost flawlessly in his two preseason appearances, going 13-for-15 on pass attempts for 199 yards, a touchdown and an NFL QB rating of 113.2. One of the incompletions was dropped, and his lone interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half of the Carolina game.

He's run the offense decisively, with no batted passes, and safely, without being hit on any of his attempts. Vick's sweet spot has been intermediate routes (10 to 19 yards) to the middle and right side of the field, where he's completed all six attempts for 99 yards and a 118.8 rating.

When opposing teams have blitzed — a situation in which he's struggled in the past — Vick has been 3-for-3 for 82 yards and a touchdown in the preseason.

Presumably, the Eagles will keep Vick largely out of harm's way until the regular season starts September 9.

Backup QB Nick Foles, largely operating on short, quick releases, has been effective when given snaps. Overall, he's completed 11-of-14 passes for 100 yards and one interception. He hasn't yet attempted a pass of more than 20 yards, but is a perfect 8-for-8 for 64 yards on passes of less than 10 yards.

Thus far, he seems capable of running Kelly's quick-tempo offense in rhythm, but has shown occasional tendency to rush plays under duress (two bobbled snaps and an ill-advised pick versus Carolina). Of his six drop-backs under pressure, Foles was 2-of-4 passing for 11 yards and the aforementioned interception.

If Foles can slow down his approach in pressure situations, Eagles fans can look forward to his further development as a dependable backup to Vick.

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