Depth At Quarterback Still A Question Behind Vick
The Philadelphia Eagles have high hopes for the 2012 season but they were immediately just how quickly those aspirations can be dashed. In Thursday’s first preseason game, star quarterback Michael Vick injured his throwing hand on a helmet and was forced to leave with a thumb injury.
Although the X-rays came back negative and it’s clearly not a serious ailment, it reminded Eagles fans just how delicate the situation can be. Not only will the teams NFL odds change for a couple of weeks if Vick is in or out of the lineup, it will directly affect their Super Bowl hopes – especially in what’s expected to be one of the toughest divisions in football.
In the offseason, the Eagles decided to let Vince Young go and while nobody had a problem with that following Young’s 11 turnovers in just the six games he played last season, it did leave a lack of experience behind Vick.
Trent Edwards has the most pedigree and he might in fact be the best-suited to take over for a short period of time should anything happen to Vick. Edwards was 12-of-20 for 106 yards and a touchdown in the first preseason game and might just be the right fit for Reid’s West Coast offense. His arm was never strong enough but short-range accuracy has hardly been a problem.
Behind Edwards are youngsters Mike Kafka and Nick Foles. Kafka has struggled in minimal time that he’s seen and, given his fractured left hand, he’s likely to get lapped by Foles very shortly.
The latter is already working second-team reps after a stellar 6-of-10, 144-yard effort with a pair of touchdowns in the preseason opener. Foles was vastly overlooked in the NFL Draft following a tumultuous final season in Arizona. He entered the season as a potential first-round pick but dropped to the third round.
It’s highly unlikely the Eagles take four quarterbacks into the season and Kafka is probably the odd man out for now. Conceivably, the Eagles could just stick with Foles if they believe him enough and keep Edwards on the back-burner just in case.
While the Eagles are set with their starter, it’s fairly clear that Edwards, Foles and Kafka are all fighting for position in the depth chart and maybe (in Edwards and Kafka’s case) even their jobs.