PHILADELPHIA - Whenever Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took a break during Thursday's organized team activity (OTA) at the NovaCare Complex, Mike Kafka was next in line.
The third-year veteran is getting the first shot to replace Vince Young as Vick's primary backup for the upcoming season.
"It's been great so far," Kafka said after Thursday's workout. "As many reps as I can get, the better off I'll be. It's all about gaining experience out there, making plays and learning from your mistakes."
Considering Vick's injury history - he missed three games in both 2011 and 2012 with rib injuries - backup quarterback could turn into a key position for the Eagles this season. One of the reasons the Eagles failed to make the playoffs last year was Vince Young lack of consistency. After leading a dramatic drive that secured a victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 20, Young stumbled in lopsided losses to New England and Seattle. He ended the season with four touchdown passes against nine interceptions.
With Young now with Buffalo and 2010 backup Kevin Kolb in Arizona, Kafka is competing with NFL veteran Trent Edwards and rookie Nick Foles for the No. 2 job behind Vick. Edwards, who did not play in the NFL last season, was signed as a free agent. Foles was a third-round pick in last month's draft.
"I didn't mind when they drafted Nick at all," Kafka said. "Whatever they do to make the team better, I'm all for it. I think Nick is great. He's smart and has a very strong arm. And Trent has a lot of experience, so we'll see what happens."