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When the Eagles spent a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft on quarterback Nick Foles, it raised the question as to whether Andy Reid believes Foles can be the eventual successor to Michael Vick.
Foles is the third quarterback Reid has picked in the third round or higher, and the other two each became starters (or were given the opportunity, in the case of Kevin Kolb). So logic may show that Reid believes Foles is the quarterback of the future.
I have heard people criticizing Andy Reid for spending a luxury pick on a third-round quarterback when there were other positions to be addressed. However, Michael Vick misses enough time annually due to injuries that Nick Foles is not a luxury; he’s a necessity.
The Eagles were set to enter 2012 with just Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards as their backups behind Vick. Kafka was a fourth-round pick of the team in 2010, and he has spent the last two seasons as the third-string quarterback. He’s a master of the offense but he lacks the physical tools to excel in this league.
Meanwhile, Edwards is a former Buffalo Bills castoff who will be trying to rejuvenate his career with the Eagles, but he probably won’t make the team, especially now that the Eagles drafted Foles.
The Eagles needed a solid backup quarterback for 2012 in case Vick gets injured, which is almost a certainty considering he’s missed extensive time the past two seasons due to injury. That’s where Foles comes in, and the Eagles got themselves a good backup quarterback in him.