Michael Vick backs rival Foles as starting Eagles QB

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick believes his replacement – Nick Foles – should continue as starter this week.

The veteran gunslinger started the season as Chip Kelly’s number one, but a hamstring injury put the 33-year-old on the sidelines and gave Foles his opportunity behind the centre.

He hasn’t disappointed, throwing 16 touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season, with a passer rating of 128.0.

Despite all that, Kelly has been coy over who will remain the first choice when Vick returns to fitness, but the former Atlanta Falcon believes his rival has earned the chance to continue in the position.

Vick told 94 WIP radio station: "In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who's been playing so well?

"I've been in this stage before, and I know what it's like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they're not doing the right thing or I feel like they're not doing the right thing."

Foles has been learning the ropes behind Vick the Eagles drafted him in the third round in 2012, and the former Arizona college star appears to have taken everything on board from his senior teammate.

Indeed, Vick is in no doubt that the 24-year-old can be a started in the NFL for years to come if he continues to work hard at his game.

"He can potentially be a starter in this league for a long time. It's just about timing, as of right now. As long as he keeps doing what he's doing, he's going to continue to build that case," concluded Vick.

Philadelphia move into the bye week at the top of the NFC East, although Dallas will overtake them if they beat the New York Giants on Sunday.

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