PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick is healthy. He appears ready to tackle his fourth season with the Eagles. And all signs are pointing to another standout season for the veteran quarterback.
But what about his backups?
That was one of the questions being bandied about practice on Thursday, as the Eagles (No. 8 in the AP Pro32) returned to their training complex in Philadelphia — after training camp at Lehigh University — and continued preparations for Monday's preseason game vs. New England.
There are plenty of options, of course. Philadelphia has Trent Edwards, Nick Foles and Mike Kafka on the roster. But Kafka has an injured hand and won't play against the Patriots. Coach Andy Reid said Foles will be No. 2 on Monday, while Edwards is No. 3.
The team has high hopes for Foles, a rookie who threw for 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns in his final season as an Arizona Wildcat. He averaged 361.2 yards per game last year, and finished with 14 interceptions.
"Well, listen, I think what you look at with any rookie is, are they getting better every day? He seems to be doing that and is more comfortable," Reid said. "We've got a load of plays in for him and he's able to recite those properly. Now it is just making sure he's got everybody down and that comes with reps.
"But I would tell you we knew he was smart coming in and he hasn't disappointed us in that area. He's a pretty sharp kid, very diligent, works hard, and all of those things."
In a 24-23 win over Pittsburgh to open the preseason last week, Foles was 6-of-10 for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
"His poise has really impressed me, his decision-making obviously, and he has a big-time arm," Vick said. "Nick has all the ingredients to be a great quarterback."