The Eagles ended prior speculation last week when they signed former Ravens practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon. Dixon, a 2007 fifth-round draft pick of the Steelers, started only three games during his time in Pittsburgh and has become somewhat of a forgotten man as he’s been relegated to emulating Colin Kaepernick as the Ravens prepare for the Super Bowl. But with Chip Kelly now in Philadelphia, the Oregon connection could be in full effect this fall as Dixon looks to breathe new life into his career.
While it’s uncertain what role Dixon will fill in Philadelphia, he does bring a workable skill set and familiarity of Kelly’s offense to the table, something the other Eagles’ options at quarterback don’t possess.
It would appear after Michael Vick restructured a deal that could pay him a potential $10 million this season that he has the inside track on the starting job. Still, there’s a possibility of Vick missing time due to injury, or Kelly could opt to go in another direction.
As for Dixon?
Dixon hasn’t played since the 2010 season and has completed only 59.3 percent of his career passes. His career stat line reads more like a single game. The 28-year-old is 35 of 59 for 402 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also added one touchdown on the ground.
For those of you who have forgotten, this is what Dixon looked like with Chip Kelly calling the plays with Dixon at quarterback while in Eugene.