Andy Reid confirmed what many Eagles fans had hoped: Nick Foles is his backup quarterback.
"He's in that position right now," Reid said Tuesday.
There are a few qualifiers to Reid's statement. First, Mike Kafka, currently listed second on the depth chart behind Michael Vick, will not play in Thursday night's preseason finale against the New York Jets. So, technically speaking, Foles is the No. 2 because he will start against the Jets.
"Yeah, right now, that's what he is," Reid said, when ask to clarify his original answer. "He's the one that's going to start the game."
Foles will start and play the first quarter, Reid said. Trent Edwards will play the final three quarters.
Kafka "got a little work in" during practice Tuesday, Reid said. But the quarterback's broken left, non-throwing hand was still tender.
"I'm going to hold him out unless something drastically changes," Reid said.
Kafka's future on the team has become cloudy. The Eagles must trim the roster to 53 by Friday. Reid will keep three quarterbacks. Vick and Foles are slam dunks. The final spot will go to either Kafka or Edwards.
Reid was asked if he's seen enough out of Kafka, who took only nine snaps in the preseason.
"I got enough time with him here to make that evaluation," Reid said. "The main thing for him right now is it's just tender right now. He took some snaps yesterday and he could feel them. It's best we hold him out."