The quarterback position could be the number one variable that determines the success of the Eagles this season. It checks in at number three on our countdown of the most interesting positions to watch in training camp simply because there isn’t much up in the air. Kevin Kolb will start, Mike Vick will be the backup and Mike Kafka will be the third string quarterback.
While there’s no doubt about the order of the depth chart, the time spent at Lehigh University will be extremely important to Kevin Kolb. The young signal caller needs to establish himself as the leader of the offense and get into a day-to-day rhythm as the number one quarterback.
Mike Vick likely hopes to establish that he is deserving of playing time this year, whether it be in the Wildcat or any other creative formation that Andy Reid has created. In the final year of his contract and highly unlikely to be wearing the midnight green beyond this season, Vick desperately needs enough playing time to prove he deserves to be on the field somewhere next season. After facing an early season suspension in 2009, Vick can get directly into the flow from training camp into the season in 2010.
Mike Kafka doesn’t face a lot of pressure, as he is highly unlikely to see anything but mop up duty in the regular season barring a slew of injuries. The rookie should be fun to watch in camp though, as the Eagles groom him for the future. Whether that future is as a backup or a starter will take a while to determine, but Kafka seems to be more in line with an A.J. Feeley than a Kevin Kolb.
Scouting reports say Kafka is not particularly mobile or athletic, but throws a nice spiral and is accurate on short and intermediate passes. The big questions for the Northwestern product will be whether or not he has the arm strength and consistency to make it in the NFL. Perhaps he’ll be able to show the kind of flashes in camp that get coaches and fans excited about his future.
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