While it was announced that Michael Vick will start for the New York Jets against his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night in the preseason finale of the summer, it won't be the case for Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez, who signed with the Eagles earlier in the offseason after being cut by the Jets just five years removed from being their first round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, will not play against his old team despite the fact that he's had a really impressive preseason on his new team. Instead, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will start Matt Barkley instead and play him quite a bit in the game.
"We're going to start Matt Barkley in that game," said Kelly. "We need to see Matt play a lot. I think we feel comfortable in what Mark Sanchez has done in the first three games. But we kind of thought about it as a staff, I think Mark is 25 of 31 and has led us on a lot of scoring drives."
With Nick Foles likely not to play as well for the Eagles on Thursday night either and with Sanchez sitting, it looks like Barkely may be the guy going solo against the Jets. Chip Kelly wants to see what he has with his now second year quarterback out of USC, who is expected to be the third-string quarterback heading into the season.
"I know Matt's gotten in there into the twos, some three work," Kelly said. "I think he's done a really nice job. We feel very comfortable with our one and two quarterbacks. So we're going to give Matt a really extended look against the Jets on Thursday night."
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