Trent Edwards was a little taken aback Friday evening when Eagles assistant communication director Ryan Nissan called him and told him that 10 reporters wanted to talk to him about surviving the Eagles’ final cutdown and becoming the team’s third quarterback behind Michael Vick and rookie Nick Foles.
``I was wondering if you guys were running out of things to write about or something,’’ he said.
We’re not. But when the team’s starting quarterback is not exactly Mr. Durability and the backup is a rookie, the identity of the No. 3 quarterback is a little more significant than it might be today in Green Bay or New Orleans or Dallas.
Plus, it’s a nice story. Former third-round pick of the Bills. Started 33 games. Cut. Doesn’t get picked up by anyone last year.
Signs with the Eagles in the offseason. Spends most of the spring OTAs looking lost. Arrives at training camp with seemingly no chance of making the team. Gets very few practice reps. Then, his competition, Mike Kafka, gets hurt and Edwards plays his ass off.
He had a 100.5 passer rating in the Eagles’ four preseason games. In the last two, he completed 73.5 percent of his passes and had a 111.3 passer rating.
A reporter – not me; definitely not me – asked Edwards if he felt like a real-life Rocky.
``Uh, no,’’ he said. ``We’re talking about the No. 3 quarterback job, guys. Cmon.’’
Edwards won the job Thursday night with a 22-for-32, 197-yard, 2 touchdown performance against the Jets.
He said he spent a restless night, not having any idea whether he was going to be kept on or released. Finally, at about 12:30, shortly before he was scheduled to leave for the team barbeque at owner Jeff Lurie’s manse, general manager Howie Roseman called him and told him he was a Philadelphia Eagle.
``I honestly thought it was 50/50,’’ he said. ``I was feeling good (about my chances) when I was going to bed. But I’ve seen a lot of things in this league. I wouldn’t have been shocked if that 215 call said, `Bring in your playbook. You’re no longer needed.
``If you asked me if it was possible, I would have said yes. But I don’t know if I would’ve believed it.’’