The 2013 NFL regular season is just a few short days away from starting. The reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos will kickoff the season Thursday night at 8:30. As all NFL teams are getting ready for their first game of the season, NFL fans are also preparing right alongside them for their fantasy drafts. Some of you will spend hours looking at your options and some of you will just wing it come draft time. One thing is certain and it is that many of you will want to draft a player from the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is a fantasy preview for the Eagles quarterbacks.
Michael Vick — Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named Vick the starting quarterback for the regular season before the teams third preseason game. With the new offensive system Kelly brought to the Eagles, Vick could have a break out year as the offense best suits a mobile quarterback. Vick also showed that the chemistry between him and the receivers is still there. With wide receiver Jeremy Maclin out for the season with an ACL injury, DeSean Jackson becomes Vick's number one target. If you draft Vick, you should also consider picking up Jackson as well as both of them would bring you some big points if the offense goes as planned this season.
Vick also put on some extra weight and muscle during the offseason as well in preparation to run the ball more. He said he doesn't plan on sliding and the extra weight will help him take on more hits. Knowing that Vick will be taking more hits in this offense will make many cringe because of Vick's injury history. However, with the offensive line back to full health and having one of the best offensive tackle tandems in Jason Peters and Lane Johnson, Vick should be protected fairly well while in the pocket. As soon as Vick takes off on the run is when things will get scary. Vick hasn't played a full season since 2006, so you should look to see who is available as a backup quarterback as your draft goes on.
Nick Foles — Foles competed against Vick for the starting job all throughout training camp and for the first two preseason games. Foles came out strong in both preseason games and showed he can run the offense smoothly. Because Vick won the starting job, Foles will likely go undrafted and be a waiver pickup if Vick were to go down. He will probably be the best waiver claim at the quarterback position as well.
Matt Barkley — Playing time is not in the foreseeable future for Barkley. He will go undrafted and there is a very slim chance he will get picked up on waivers as a rookie if, for some reason, he does get playing time this season.
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