It was widely believed when the Eagles signed Ravens practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon last week that the former Oregon star would assume the team’s third-string quarterback duties and help implement coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
Apparently, Dixon doesn’t see it that way.
The 28-year-old quarterback is five years removed from running Kelly’s offense while in Eugene, but he believes he has what it takes to beat out the newly re-signed Michael Vick and 2012 third-round pick Nick Foles.
“From my understanding, the job is open,” he said. “It’ll be a very competitive nature around here. It’s pretty much open, so may the best man win.”
Dixon, who has a career 2-0 record as a starter during his brief stint with Pittsburgh, has been unable to get his career back on track after suffering a knee injury in 2010. He knows that winning a job on Kelly’s squad may represent his last chance in the NFL.
“Now another opportunity has come,” Dixon said, “and I want to be ready when it comes.”