Trent Edwards put the finishing touches on an excellent preseason in last night’s 28-10 win over the New York Jets. And in the process made it impossible for his coaches to let him loose during today’s final roster purge. Edwards has beaten out Mike Kafka for the team’s final quarterback job in a development that was seemingly impossible only a month ago.
Despite several attempts to trade the third-year quarterback, the Eagles were unsuccessful and thus let him go.
Head coach Andy Reid explained the difficulty of the decision, but the tape doesn’t lie. Edwards, though not exactly a seasoned NFL vet with his 33 career starts, ultimately provided a bit more experience than Kafka.
“In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go,” said Reid. “Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think will have no problem finding a job in the NFL very soon.”
With rookie Nick Foles firmly entrenched as the backup behind Michael Vick, there was no need to hold onto a second developmental quarterback at this point. Though an argument could be made that Kafka’s upside and knowledge of the system may have made him a better long-term solution on the depth chart, it’s hard to argue that Edwards doesn’t give the Eagles a better chance to win in the short-term. Then again, if the Eagles are calling on either Kafka or Edwards to lead the team in a high leverage situation, well, then that’s a problem.