DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates in the end zone after catching the long pass from quarterback Michael Vick for their first touchdown of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

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PHILADELPHIA - Michael Vick wasted no time in Friday's preseason game in showing Eagles coach Chip Kelly that he deserves to be the starting quarterback this season.

Vick threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the Eagles' first offense series in their 31-22 loss to New England at Lincoln Financial Field to take a big lead over Nick Foles in their competition.

"We actually talked about that play on the bus (to the stadium)," Vick said. "I knew I was going to be limited tonight, a posession or two, and I wanted to make the most of it."

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Kelly originally said that Vick and Foles would play alternate possessions in the first quarter, but changed that rotation and allowed Vick to play the first two series.

Vick made the most of the opportunity, completing 4 of 5 passes for 94 yards.

After back-to-back runs by backup running back Chris Polk - LeSean McCoy did not play because of a sore knee - Vick drew cheers from the sparse crowd by firing a 22-yard completion to wide receiver Jason Avant.

Two plays later, the fans were roaring.

Vick dropped back and fired an on-the-money spiral down the right sideline. Jackson, who is considered one of the fastest players in the NFL, got in front of Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib and safety Steve Gregory and hauled in the throw in the end zone.

On the next possession, Vick threw a 19-yard completion to wide receiver Riley Cooper that drew a mixed reaction from the crowd.

Cooper came under fire last week when a video surfaced showing him uttering a racial slur at an African-American security guard while attending a Kenny Chesney concert at the Linc. He left the team last Friday to undergo counseling, but returned to the team on Tuesday and was in the starting lineup against the Pats.

Foles took over on the third series and got off to a rough start.

The first time he dropped back to pass, Patriots nose tackle Tommy Kelly burst into the backfield and jarred the ball loose. Officials originally ruled it an incompletion but Pats coach Bill Belichick challenged the ruling and it was changed to a fumble.

Foles fared better in his next series, though he was competing against the Patriots' backup defense.

The 24-year-old completed 5 of 6 passes for 43 yards and even added a 10-yard run during a 10-play, 66-yard drive that ended with running back Bryce Brown scoring on an 8-yard run that tied the game at 14-14 in the second quarter.

"It was huge for us to bounce back like that," Foles said. "It's always great when we overcome adversity."

Foles is scheduled to be the starter in next Thursday's preseason game against Carolina at the Linc while Vick will also play in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the revamped Eagles' defense got off to a horrible start against the Patriots.

New defensive coordinator Billy Davis installed a 3-4 alignment instead of the 4-3 setup the Eagles have used for decades.

The scheme failed miserably at the outset.

Patriots running back Steven Ridley ran past Eagles nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and the rest of the Eagles' defense for a 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.

"That was a huge hole," Eagles safety Nate Allen said. "No excuses. We have to make that play."

The Other QBs: 1. Rookie Matt Barkley was inconsistent, but played better later in the game. The fourth-round draft pick completed 11-of-22 passes for 103 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Salas on the first play of the fourth quarter.

2. Dennis Dixon played most of the fourth quarter and completed 7-of-13 passes for 41 yards. He also rushed for 19 yards on four carries.

3. G.J. Kinne completed 2-of-2 passes for 60 yards on the last series. Wide receiver Greg Salas made a leaping, 35-yard reception on the next-to-last play of the game. 

The new guys: 1. Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga got off to a rough start. He was blocked out of the play on Ridley's 62-yard run.

2. Punter Donnie Jones had a 48-yarder in the first quarter that was downed at the 1-yard line.

3. Running back Felix Jones rushed for 31 yards on eight carries.

The good things: 1. Punt returner Damaris Johnson reeled off a 62-yard return in the second quarter.

2. Vick looked terrific in his brief appearance.

3. Running back Bryce Brown scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter.

The bad things: 1. The starting defense gave up two touchdowns on the first two possessions.

2. The backup defense wasn't much better.

3. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos got hurt (concussion) in the second quarter and his backup, tight end Brent Celek, bounced a snap on a field-goal attempt.

The other team: Brady played two series and was 7-for-8 for 65 yards and a TD. Tim Tebow got a huge ovation when he entered the game in relief of Ryan Mallett in the second quarter.

While you were channel surfing: Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount, who played for Kelly at Oregon, burned the backup defense for a 62-yard run in the second quarter.

While you were sleeping: Eagles tight end Clay Harbor played very well in the second half, catching three passes for 47 yards.

Only in the preseason: There were a lot of empty seats.

Bumps and bruises: In addition to Dorenbos, linebacker Jamar Chaney suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter, linebacker Casey Matthews left the game in the third with a knee injury and linebacker Ryan McCoy hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter.

Next: The Eagles are off today, then resume training camp with an open workout at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Tickets and parking are free.


Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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