Before the start of Thursday night’s Eagles preseason opener, the talk in Philly was that Mike Kafka has significantly outplayed Vince Young in training camp.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on air Young could have a hard time holding Kakfa off for the backup QB job. Coach Andy Reid considered keeping Young on the sideline Thursday because he’s so new to the offense, but Young’s performance Thursday night could remind the Eagles why they signed him.
Young completed 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards, including a 32-yard strike where Young broke free of two tacklers. (Yep, in the picture above.) Michael Vick was impressed.
“Once the lights go on, it’s a totally different feel out there,” Vick said. “Things have been slow, but you have to understand he’s new to the system, and this offense is very sophisticated.”
Kafka, meanwhile, was intercepted on his first series because of a weakly thrown ball. He bounced back to have a decent second half against third-stringers, but the Eagles only scored three points with Kafka under center. Kafka still needs to show he has the arm strength to succeed in the NFL.
It was only a brief appearance, but Young helped his chances of keeping that backup role Thursday night.