The unfortunate news broke this morning that Eagles current number two quarterback Mike Kafka has broken his non-throwing hand which will sideline him from game action for 3-4 weeks. Kafka will still get some work and participate in 7 on 7 drills in camp, but the news couldn’t have come at a worse time for Kafka who watched both Trent Edwards and Nick Foles play extremely well on Thursday night.
Andy Reid didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement of Kafka after the game, suggesting that he was in no rush to officially name a backup which only fueled speculation that the door was open for Foles. In light of this recent development, it appears that door has been kicked down–and if Foles can continue to make strong downfield throws and show similar type pocket presence then there’s a strong chance he may become the next man up should Michael Vick succumb to injury.
Truthfully, the Eagles didn’t draft Foles in third round to expose him to regular season games as a rookie, but Kafka hasn’t been particularly impressive at camp, regardless of what the organizations wants the masses to believe. While Foles isn’t as well versed with the system and has also struggled to find consistency, Foles’ ceiling and Kafka’s uninspired play would have likely pushed the rookie up the depth chart heading into September.
Backup quarterback is important for any team, but with the mounting injury concerns surrounding Michael Vick, it may be more important for the Eagles. Foles now has an opportunity to put a stranglehold on the spot.