The New England Patriots are set to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on the 20th of August for their next preseason match-up. That’s a long time in between games, but it is necessary given how the schedule dramatically changes into a string of long flights to finish the preseason. This is the Patriots week to get some important practice in and, well, get some rest before the Eagles, Bucs, and Giants preseason games.
In any case, the Pats will be facing the Eagles next, and there is a lot of news surrounding the health of their two quarterbacks. Star QB Michael Vick is an injury-prone player, but the good news for Philadelphia is that the swelling in Vick’s left thumb has subsided making him ready to practice today. Vick was lucky not to have suffered a serious injury, and an injury to their starting quarterback would have been even worse given the circumstances.
Here, “the circumstance” is Mike Kafka’s broken left hand. It’s going to cost him three weeks, but it’s at least an injury to his non-throwing hand. Rookie Nick Foles will get even more snaps against the Patriots on the 20th, and he can really boost his stock with a good performance against New England. If that happens, Foles could give Kafka a run for the primary backup spot. Kafka is definitely out for the preseason, and Trent Edwards is another QB who should get some quality snaps against the Patriots.
Vick will likely only play a series against the Patriots, so it’s going to be the Nick Foles and Trent Edwards show for the Patriots defense. The question is, can Ras-I Dowling put on another show after a good game against New Orleans? Also, Sterling Moore is coming off of a mixed day against the Saints. He was solid in coverage overall, but he had that awful defensive pass interference that costed the Pats 46 yards.