PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are going to use the rest of the regular season to find out if Nick Foles is their quarterback of the future.
Coach Andy Reid announced Monday that Foles will remain the starter ahead of Michael Vick for the final four games against Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington and the New York Giants, respectively.
“With where we’re at at this point of the season, the position we’re in, it’s the right thing to do,” Reid said during his weekly news conference at the NovaCare Complex. “This gives the kid an opportunity to play and finish it up for us. He’s playing well enough to help us win football games.”
Sunday’s 38-33 loss at Dallas was the Eagles’ eighth straight defeat and dropped their record to 3-9.
Foles has started the last three games in place of Vick, who suffered a concussion against Dallas on Nov. 11 and has yet to be medically cleared to play again.
Reid said Monday that Vick was in Phase 4 of the five-step recovery process and was scheduled to take another ImPACT test later that day. If he passes, he will then be required to be cleared by both an independent neurologist and team physician Gary Dorshimer before he can return to action.
Last week, a report on ESPN suggested that Vick was concerned he was being held back because of “politics” instead of medical reasons. Both Reid and Vick denied it last Friday. Reid said he told Vick of his decision to stick with Foles on Monday morning.
“He was very positive about it,” Reid said. “He completely understood and was on board.
“The number one thing I want is for Mike to get healthy. I just want him to get it right so he can have a nice, long career here. He still has three, four years that he can really get out there and wing it. Let’s get him healthy and going in the right direction there.”
Vick will probably not be “winging it” for the Eagles, however. The 32-year-old is scheduled to make $15.5 million next season as part of the six-year, $100 million contract he signed in 2011.
And Foles played well enough against the Cowboys on Sunday night to suggest he may have the potential to become the Eagles’ long-term starter.
The third-round draft pick completed 22-of-34 passes for 251 yards with one touchdown. More importantly, he did not throw an interception or lose a fumble after committing four turnovers — three interceptions, one lost fumble — since replacing Vick in the second quarter of their first meeting with the Cowboys.
“I felt comfortable out there,” Foles, 23, told the team’s web site after the game Sunday night. “I feel more comfortable every time I take reps. I was trying to be smart with the football and be efficient. I’m just going to keep working hard. The only way to get better is to continue to take reps and play.”
Extra point — The Eagles filled the final spot on their 53-man roster Monday by signing tackle Matt Kopa off the New England Patriots practice squad.
Kopa spent the past two seasons on the Patriots practice squad after signing with San Francisco as a rookie free agent in 2010. He spent part of the 2010 season on Miami’s active roster.
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