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Did Edwards squeeze out Kafka?

Trent Edwards made a strong last push to win a spot on the roster when he handed in another efficient outing in the Eagles' 28-10 win over the New York Jets in the preseason finale Thursday night.

Did Edwards squeeze out Kafka?

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Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes in the Eagles´ win. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes in the Eagles' win. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Trent Edwards made a strong last push to win a spot on the roster when he handed in another efficient outing in the Eagles' 28-10 win over the New York Jets in the preseason finale Thursday night.

The quarterback completed 22 of 32 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the final three quarters of the game. He did not throw an interception the entire preseason.

"He played well. He had a lot of drives, a lot of touchdowns there," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "You got to give him credit for that."

Reid later added: "I'm happy for Trent, if he's here or he's somewhere else."

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Edwards is vying with Mike Kafka for the third quarterback spot on the roster. Starter Michael Vick and rookie Nick Foles, who appears to have the backup job sewn up, are assured spots. Kafka entered training camp as the No. 2 quarterback, but he broke his left, non-throwing hand in the preseason opener and has not played since.

In his absence, Edwards and Foles have flourished. Foles, who started and played the first quarter against the Jets, finished the preseason with impressive numbers. He completed 40 of 63 passes (63.5 percent) for 553 yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions. His passer rating was 110.1.

"I think he performed well enough where he can be a [No. 2 quarterback] for us," Reid said.

Edwards, who opened camp at the bottom of the depth chart and saw very little repetitions throughout most of the practices, was just as sharp. He completed 54 of 80 passes (67.5) for 489 yards and four touchdowns. His passer rating was 100.5.

The 28-year-old veteran, who was not on an NFL roster last season, said it was the best preseason of his career.

"In terms of being in rhythm with receivers, putting balls where they need to be," it was the best, Edwards said.

The Eagles have to narrow their roster to 53 players by 9 p.m. tomorrow. Reid and general manager Howie Roseman will get to work right away deciding who stays and who goes. Reid was asked if Edwards made his decision at quarterback more difficult.

"I want it to be hard, that's what I want it to be," Reid said. "I thought he played well. I thought he did a nice job. And so, Howie and I will go back and look at it tomorrow and see what we think."

 

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