Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid confirmed on Tuesday that rookie quarterback Nick Foles is the top back-up for the time being. When asked by the media about Foles being the the number two guy, Reid responded, “Right now, that’s what he is.”
Coming into the preseason, the immediate back-up was Mike Kafka. Kafka injured his hand in the opening preseason contest, allowing Foles more playing time. Foles has been the stand out of the Eagles preseason. His stellar play has surprised the coaching staff as well as the fans.
Foles will get the start against the New York Jets on Thursday in the Eagles’ final preseason game. When Reid was asked if Kafka would be the number two quarterback if healthy, Reid snapped back, “You asked me right now. I can’t get any clearer than that.”
Foles has put up impressive numbers in the three games he has played. He has converted 36 of 58 passes (62 percent completion) for 507 yards. He has also tallied six touchdowns with just two interceptions. The numbers are terrific, but it is the poise that Foles has shown in the pocket that has been most impressive.
Kafka will not play on Thursday and could be in jeopardy of not making the roster. The Eagles’ fourth quarterback, Trent Edwards, will get another chance to impress the Eagles’ coaching staff. Edwards has completed 32 of 48 passes (66 percent completion) for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
Reid is known throughout the NFL as being a players coach. Reid has invested three years on Kafka. It may be hard for Reid to dismiss Kafka and anoint Foles as the permanent back-up, but to me, it is clear that Foles deserves the job. Michael Vick‘s back-up will almost certainly get playing time during the 2012 NFL season.