Dennis Dixon Has Sights Set on Eagles' Starting Quarterback Job

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.”

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