As OTAs continue for the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the biggest areas of focus is on the quarterback position. Incumbent starter Michael Vick has plenty to work on and should attract most of the attention.
However, the backups are almost as intriguing. Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards, and Nick Foles are all fighting for positioning. After a few days of OTAs, the situation at backup quarterback isn't a whole lot clearer. There is a lot of work to be done for all three. But as a fan, I think that it looks like all three are on the track that most would have expected.
Kafka has the inside track to be the No. 2 guy, and reports are saying that he hasn't lost that edge. Kafka isn't a spectacular quarterback. He lacks the arm that Vick has, but he makes up for it with smarts. With only 16 career passes, his experience is minimal. However, Kafka has been with this team long enough that the coaches have confidence in him. In his case, OTAs will be used more to help him with timing and delivery. So far, he looks pretty good. Through the first week of workouts, he is getting the bulk of the reps that a backup would get.
Foles continues to earn praise from his coaches. Andy Reid has spoken about his accuracy and seems to love the way he has progressed. Though Foles is going to be on the final roster, he has little chance of being the No. 2 quarterback. He knows that as much as anyone else, so that makes me even happier to watch him push during OTAs. What Foles does now is more about 2013 or 2014 than it is about 2012. If he stays on course, he will be a good one. For right now, the Eagles are treating him like a project.
The wild card in the bunch is Edwards. Since he served as the starting quarterback with the Buffalo Bills for three seasons, Edwards has the most experience of the three. However, reports say that he has struggled in the first week of OTAs. His timing is off and his arm is not what the Eagles need it to be. On top of that, there is a ceiling for Edwards. He has enough of a track record to suggest that he will throw as many interceptions as he does touchdowns. The Eagles shouldn't expect anything more than that. Still, his play is going to be important. With the other three quarterback guaranteed spots on the team, he needs to make the Eagles think that carrying four quarterbacks is worth it. He can't afford any mistakes during OTAs.* - Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong Eagles fan.
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