Nick Foles and Matt Barkley have faded into the background of public consciousness but not in the eyes of the Eagles coaching staff now that they are backups to starting quarterback Michael Vick.

Both quarterbacks know that they might not throw a pass this season and they accept that. They also know that they will be ready in case they do have to replace Vick.

The difference is that Foles who’s the primary backup is getting some repetitions with the first-team offense. He said that never happened under previous coach Andy Reid. This isn’t unusual as most coaches reserve all of the first-team reps for the starting quarterbacks. Their thinking is that there aren’t that many reps to go around in practice.

But the practices under Eagles coach Chip Kelly are fast-paced so there is the opportunity for Foles to get some work with the first team.

“You’ve got to make sure that you get your (backups) some reps” Kelly said adding that it’s the same way with the backup offensive linemen.

“They (also) get a lot of work when we are presenting the other team’s look … so Nick is getting reps in that standpoint too. But it’s important to make sure all those guys get some reps.”

Neither Foles nor Kelly would say how many first-team reps Foles is getting. The team periods during practice are closed to the media.

“I can’t say an exact amount” Foles said. “It varies. But enough to where I feel comfortable.”

Barkley said he’s not getting any reps with the first team which is consistent with what transpired during training camp and the spring organized team activities.

Foles said that it’s his job to stay ready regardless if he’s getting any reps or not with the first team. He was able to do this last season simulating situations while serving on the scout team and getting in extra throws whenever he could.

That paid off as he started six games last season after Vick suffered a concussion. It’s no different this season.