We figured we'd get a chance to find out this preseason what exactly the Eagles have behind Michael Vick. And while Mike Kafka probably relieved Vick at about the time when he would've under regular preseason circumstances, it felt different knowing that Vick was injured after whacking his hand on a follow-through.
And then Kafka threw a despicable interception on his first series of the year, and we all began to worry.
Kafka did not have a good night, completing 5-of-9 passes for only 31 yards. Making things even more interesting, rookie Nick Foles was lights out.
Foles was behind one of the biggest plays of the night, escaping pressure and keeping his cool before exploiting bad coverage on a 70-yard touchdown hookup with Damaris Johnson.
The very next time he touched the ball, Foles again went deep, displaying a nice combination of touch and strength on a 44-yard touchdown strike to Mardy Gilyard. He finished 6-of-10 for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Based on a small sample size of real-game action, Foles had a clear edge tonight. There's another week of camp and three more preseason games to go, but the gap between Kafka and Foles could be shrinking.
Oh, and don't look now, but Trent Edwards looked pretty damn good against third- and fourth-string defenders late in the game. I still think the Eagles have to give Edwards a chance. It would be nice to have a veteran on the roster.