NFL regular season rosters consist of 53 players, and all teams will be required to get to that number by this Friday. The Philadelphia Eagles, as is the case with every other team in the league, have some tough decisions to make by that deadline. The deepest position on the team is undoubtedly the defensive line, where the Eagles currently have 11 players that could feasibly be playing for an NFL team this year.
They are likely to only keep 10 of those individuals, at most. Philadelphia also has a decision to make at quarterback, where there are 3 players competing for backup roles to incumbent starter Michael Vick. Rookie Nick Foles seems to have cemented his duties as 2nd string QB, at least for the time being. That leaves Mike Kafka and journeyman Trent Edwards to vie for the 3rd string QB position, which also serves as the scout team and emergency quarterback.
Coming into the preseason, everyone assumed that Kafka would be the backup to Vick and Foles and Edwards would battle it out for the 3rd spot. Unfortunately for Kafka, he broke his hand during the first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, leaving him in a precarious situation and in danger of losing a roster spot to Edwards. Once highly regarded in the Eagles organization, Kafka has failed to impress in his limited opportunities this year. At the same time, he looked capable enough in his appearances last year
Edwards has looked serviceable, going 32-48 for 292 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions so far in the preseason, giving him a quarterback rating of 96.9. He also has the advantage of having started 32 games in his NFL career, while Kafka has only thrown 16 passes in his short career. Edwards has to win the job outright from Kafka, and he is aware that is no easy task.
Has Edwards done enough to unseat Kafka from the roster, or will the Eagles continue to place their trust in the player they took in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL draft? We won’t have to wait too much longer for our answer.