July 23, 2012; Bethlehem, PA. USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka (3) throws a pass during training camp at Lehigh University. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
The Eagles have announced that Mike Kafka has been released, meaning Trent Edwards will go into the season as the 3rd string QB. The team had been reportedly trying to trade Kafka, but those efforts were obviously unsuccessful.
Edwards has been very impressive during the preseason, and while it was against 3rd and 4th stringers, showed that he is capable of moving the offense.
Here is the statement from Reid:
"There was great competition at the quarterback position," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "That's what football and training camp is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think he'll have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very soon.
"On the other hand, I'm proud of the way Trent Edwards conducted himself since the early days of the offseason workouts. He had to fight for everything he earned this summer. He improved each and every day and made the most of every opportunity."
In the end, the Eagles made the right call. With an injury-prone starting QB and a rookie back up, Reid could not go into the season with Kafka as the emergency plan. He simply did not have enough experience. Edwards may have been out of football last year, but he still was the obvious choice as the veteran back up.
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