Michael Vick to start Eagles preseason opener vs New England Patriots

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles named a starting QB! Kind of...

The Eagles have named a starting quarterback! Sound the alarm!

Well... only for the opening preseason game against the New England Patriots on Friday night. It's official: Michael Vick will be the first QB up.

It probably doesn't mean much. After all, Chip Kelly said yesterday that whoever starts the Eagles first preseason game isn't necessarily "the starter" at QB. And even more, Kelly said today that Nick Foles will start preseason game number 2 against the Carolina Panthers.

As someone who has attended Eagles training camp practices, I can tell you that there's no real significant difference between Vick and Foles. They've each done a great job of keeping it close the whole summer. Having Vick start first doesn't necessarily mean he's ahead. I'm imagining they're giving him the nod first because he's a veteran.

We still have some time to go before the real starting QB is announced, I'd say.

Michael Vick's reaction:

Other notes on Friday's game:

• With injuries at offense tackle (Jason Peters & Dennis Kelly), Allen Barbre will start at LT and Lane Johnson will start at RT.

• Chip said the first team defense will likely play the first quarter. Brandon Boykin and Bradley Fletcher are your starting CBs. Cary Williams won't be able to play due to injury.

Patrick Chung and Nate Allen will start at the safety positions.

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