An avid golfer, quarterback Trent Edwards compared the preseason to a PGA golf tournament.
There are four rounds in a golf tournament as there are four preseason games. A golfer wants to finish strong with a low score in the final round much like a football player wants to play well in the last preseason game when a roster spot is on the line.
Edwards was stellar on Thursday night in the Eagles' preseason finale as he completed 22-of-32 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles came out on top over the New York Jets by a score of 28-10 to tie a bow on the team's first perfect preseason since 1995.
After the game, Edwards said that he'd feel like he would have shot a good score if he was golfing. However, Edwards has no desire to play 18 holes in the near future. When the Eagles trim the roster by 9 PM on Friday to meet the 53-man limit, Edwards is sure of where he wants to be. He wants to remain a Philadelphia Eagle.
"I want to be here," Edwards said. "This is the team I want to play for. I feel like I can help these guys out. Getting the chances to play and perform, I feel a lot more re-invigorated with the place I'm at with football and playing this position."
Edwards finished the preseason 54-of-80 (67.5 completion percent) for 489 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 100.5. Signed back in February, Edwards was set as the No. 3 quarterback until the Eagles used a third-round pick on Nick Foles, someone whom Edwards has personally known for a few years. Edwards didn't receive a lot of reps during the spring mini-camps and it looked like he wouldn't have any shot at a roster spot. Why did the Eagles keep all four quarterback around?
Well, injuries incurred by Michael Vick and Mike Kafka opened the door for Edwards.
"He showed the player he is. He is an extremely talented player," Foles said. "He has always supported and helped me. I watched him put on a clinic tonight. It was beautiful. He was making plays and guys were rallying behind him. He showed his toughness and arm strength. It was fun watching him do so well."
Vick and Foles are locks on this Eagles team. Did Edwards do enough to beat out the third-year veteran in Kafka?
"Those decisions are above my pay grade," Edwards said. "That's what the guys in the front office are here to do."
Edwards will state that he believes that this was the best preseason of his career. He's appreciative of the coaching that Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Doug Pederson provided. He realizes that outside of scoring a touchdown on every drive that he's done everything in his power to make the team.
But no matter what happens, Edwards knows that each time he walked off the field as a Philadelphia Eagle it was as a winner.
"As a quarterback you want to win and I was in there at the end of all four games, came off the field with four victories," Edwards said. "It's a really, really good thing."
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