Power Ranking the Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks Post-Week 1

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense was atrocious in last night’s 31-22 loss to the New England Patriots, but the offense, especially the first- and second-teams, didn’t look too bad. With DeSean Jackson looking the best he has in an Eagles uniform, the offensive line back to being one of the best in the league, and the running game at full strength, this offense has a lot of potential.

That, of course, also depends on the quarterback, but no one knows who that is just yet. All five played yesterday, giving us a glimpse into how they are progressing in camp. Here are my power rankings after Preseason Week 1 action:

1. Michael Vick

Vick did his best Brady impression last night (via HDNUX).

Michael Vick was stellar in yesterday’s game, and you didn’t even have to watch it to know that: he completed four of his five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, compiling a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Now, that was a combination of his confidence in the pocket, great protection from the offensive line, and great route-running by his receivers, but after two years of uncertainty it was nice to see Vick put it all together last night. He didn’t force any throws, he didn’t scramble too early and break plays down, and his velocity looks like it did during his magical 2011 run.

Vick also didn’t use the read-option or run the hurry-up, but after the game he said this: “We didn’t do a third of what we normally would do.” I just think his overall great performance gives him the slight, slight edge.

2. Nick Foles

Foles was strip-sacked by Jones on his first drive (via MNGInteractive)

Nick Foles was also pleasant surprise, playing two drives and a converting one of them into a touchdown (on a TD run by Bryce Brown). He completed 5 of 6 passes for 43 yards for a 96.5 passer rating, but was also strip-sacked by Chandler Jones.

His throws were nothing special, but Foles did two things that were huge resume-boosters: first, he ran the supersonic hurry-up offense extremely well, getting plays quickly from the sideline and getting set before the Patriots could switch out personnel groups. This is what led to the touchdown by Brown.

Second, on that same drive, Foles’ protection collapsed and he had two rushers coming at him from the strong side. Instead of forcing a throw or taking the sack, he stepped up into a hole and scrambled for 11 yards, sliding right beyond the first-down marker to protect himself from an impending hit. Call him Nick “The Antelope” Foles.

3. Matt Barkley

Barkley tries to avoid a Patriots rusher (via CSN Philly)

We have to cut him some slack, considering he was playing with some third-string linemen and guys like Ifeanyi Momah on the outside, but Matt Barkley was a tad disappointing in last night’s game. He started off extremely poorly, going 3-and-out on his first drive and then going 3-and-out again (but it was it called back due to punter interference). Finally, he moved the chains with a completion to Damaris Johnson, but again the Eagles were forced to punt 3 plays later.  Then, he got the ball at the Patriots 29 but still could not convert, and the Eagles scored ZERO points on his first three possessions heading into halftime.

After another 3-and-out to start the half, Barkley and company started moving the chains thanks to some good running and a 22-yard completion to Clay Harbor. On his fifth and final drive, he finally completed pass after pass and ended up converting a 12-yard TD pass to Greg Salas and then adding on the two-point conversion. Rough start, nice finish for Barkley.

Takeaways? His arm strength is clearly not what it was two years ago at USC. On passes targeted 15 yards or deeper, he was 1-for-5. Vick, on the other hand, was 3-for-3. Now, his ability to find open men short was uncanny, but he needs a) better talent around him and b) a better ability to read the deep routes if he wants to move up this ladder anytime soon.

4. GJ Kinne

GJ Kinne only played a minute and 20 seconds, but he made two deep throws (25-yard completion to Nick Miller, 35-yard completion to Greg Salas) that opened some eyes. He doesn’t have Vick’s “zip” on the ball, but he definitely knows where to put the ball and has great touch on his throws. Although many will still feel that Dennis Dixon should be the practice squad/inactive QB, Kinne definitely put himself on my map yesterday.

5. Dennis Dixon

Yeah, he may “know the Oregon offense,” but Dennis Dixon did not impress me whatsoever last night. He completed 7 of 13 passes for only 41 yards, and he only gained 19 yards on his 4 scrambles. He looked comfortable running the read-option, yes, but if that means sacrificing the ability to make big plays down the field, I don’t want Dixon to get the edge over Kinne because of familiarity with Kelly’s style of play.


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Categories: Eagles, Editorial

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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