The quarterbacks

Michael Vick took the first reps with the starting offense during seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills Friday, but Nick Foles also got his share of action. Rookie Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne took reps with the backups.

Vick had his first pass of seven-on-seven intercepted by inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans but otherwise looked very sharp, as did Foles and Barkley.

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"It's a real healthy competition," coach Chip Kelly said. "I want to see what how they perform in the heat of battle. A lot of quarterbacks can stand there and look pretty in red jerseys (that signify no contact)."

The new guys

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn was helped off the field with an unspecified knee injury. No update was given on his status.

Punter Donnie Jones appeared to take an early lead over rookie Brad Wing in their competition. Jones was much more consistent.

Cornerback Cary Williams, who missed most of the minicamps and OTAs (organized team activities) with a variety of personal issues, suffered a strained right hamstring after lining up with the starting defense.

Position analysis: Running back

Returning players: LeSean McCoy (starter), Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Emil Igwenagu (fullback)

Newcomers: Felix Jones (free agent), Matthew Tucker (rookie free agent)

Outlook: McCoy could return to his status as one of the NFL's elite running backs under Kelly. The Eagles will run at least half the time, as opposed to relying on the pass as in previous seasons under former coach Andy Reid. Brown showed promise late last season but must find a way to cure his fumble-itis. Injuries kept Jones from living up to his potential in Dallas, but he's supposedly healthy now. The Eagles will not use a fullback this season, which means Igwenagu likely will be released at some point.

If the season started today

Rookie tight end Zach Ertz would get some playing time with the starting offense. Ertz, the team's second-round draft pick, joined James Casey and Brent Celek in taking reps with the first team despite having missed all of the offseason workouts because his class at Stanford had not yet graduated.

Play of the day

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made a leaping, 60-yard reception on a pass from Foles against cornerback Bradley Fletcher in one-on-one drills.

What they're saying

Kelly, on his desire to keep his quarterbacks healthy: "Our mantra is touchdown, first down, get down. If you can run 60 yards to the end zone, God bless you. But the best ability is durability. We don't want them taking hits."

Bumps and bruises

Benn's and Williams' were the only injuries.

Eagles today

They will practice at the NovaCare Complex today at 12:30 p.m. for invited guests and about 50 season-ticket holders. On Sunday, they will stage the first of five public practices at Lincoln Financial Field at 12:30 p.m. The team had reserved more than 65,000 free tickets to the session and more than 246,000 for all five open workouts so far.

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