Eagles coach Kelly names Vick starter

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick took a pay cut and had to compete for his job when he returned to the Eagles.

Part of the choice had to do with the up-tempo offense mapped out by new coach Chip Kelly.

"I just thought," Vick said, "this was the best opportunity, the best fit for me."

Turns out, Vick was the best fit for Kelly.

With his first chance to put his stamp on Philadelphia's offense, Kelly named Vick the starting quarterback on Tuesday, giving the veteran the nod over Nick Foles after a sterling effort in the preseason.

"He's our starter for the season," Kelly said. "It's not a one-game trial basis."

There wasn't a lot of suspense with Kelly's decision, which was announced after practice on Tuesday, and after the coach met with both players. About the only surprise was the timing — Kelly had hinted he might not name a starter until closer to the opener. But Kelly, in his first season after coaching at Oregon, ended the mystery and will have Vick taking the snaps when Philadelphia opens the regular season at Washington Sept. 9.

"I'm not surprised at all," Vick said. "I told him, 'Thank you, I appreciate it and I won't let you down.'"

Vick has been solid in two preseason games, and Foles, in his second season with the Eagles, has struggled to grasp Kelly's multifaceted offense. Vick has thrown for 199 yards this preseason and will take a 113.2 quarterback rating into Friday's game at Jacksonville (0-2).

Foles has been sacked six times in two games, and has a quarterback rating of 65.5, after showing flashes as a rookie last season while Vick was injured. Vick played in just 10 games last season, while Foles topped 340 yards twice as a rookie.

The Eagles (1-1) are coming off a 4-12 season, coach Andy's Reid's last, and haven't made the playoffs since they won the NFC East at the end of the 2010 season.

"We had a good amount of tape, a good amount of us seeing them on the field," Kelly said. "And seeing them in a lot of different situations, and wanted to put a guy in place, if we could, in enough time to get us to prepare the season."

Kelly has only shown flashes of his up-tempo offense in the first two preseason games and defenses already seem tired and confused while the Eagles are moving the ball with ease. The first-team offense led by Vick and Foles has four touchdowns on eight-plus possessions in two games. One drive ended with an end-zone interception and two others ended with fumbles.

Behind Foles will be Matt Barkley, a rookie from Southern Cal.

"The competitor in me, you always want to be the one on the field playing," Barkley said. "At the same time, I love Mike. We've gone about it the right way. We've kept our great friendship and we've pushed each other. I'm proud of him. I'm going to do anything I can to help him become the best quarterback possible.

"I'm excited for him. Nothing changes in my preparation. I'm going to prepare the same way."

Dolphins

A person with knowledge of the decision says cornerback Richard Marshall has been released by the Miami Dolphins.

The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made an announcement Tuesday.

Marshall started four games for Miami last year, but spent the final two months of the season on injured reserve with a back injury. The eighth-year pro has also played for Carolina and Arizona.

The Dolphins added depth at cornerback with the offseason acquisition of veteran Brent Grimes and draft picks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. Grimes is expected to start, and Davis has been impressive in practice this summer.

Redskins

The Redskins survived a scare Tuesday when an MRI revealed no major ligament damage in Kirk Cousins' sprained right foot, said a person familiar with the situation. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce the results, said Cousins should be back in time for the Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9.

That's also the projected return date for Robert Griffin III, who has made a remarkable comeback from major knee surgery. Griffin said he received a favorable report when he was examined by Dr. James Andrews before Monday night's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Griffin will meet again with Andrews within the next three weeks, hoping to get the final thumbs-up to return to the field.

Cousins was hurt when he was tackled from behind by linebacker Lawrence Timmons at the end of a 7-yard scramble in the second quarter of Monday night's 24-13 win. Cousins grabbed his ankle, got up and limped toward the huddle, then plopped down on the turf as if taking a seat to have a rest, unable to continue.

X-rays taken after the game were negative, but the Redskins were wary because of a similar injury suffered by rookie safety Phillip Thomas in the first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Thomas was initially thought to have a basic sprain, but an MRI revealed a torn ligament that will keep him out for the entire season.

Browns

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski selected Brandon Weeden as his starter, an announcement that erased any uncertainty — and there wasn't much — that the second-year QB would be behind center for the Sept. 8 season opener against Miami.

Weeden, who survived a bumpy rookie season, took the news that he had beaten out veteran Jason Campbell in typical stride.

Unlike a year ago, when he was essentially anointed as Cleveland's No. 1 from the moment he was selected in the first round of the draft, Weeden had to fight for this.

He immersed himself in the playbook to learn the Browns' new system and performed at a high level during spring practices and summer training camp.

If there was any doubt, Weeden removed by completing 18 of 25 passes for 229 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in two preseason games.


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