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Nick Foles is Eagles’ No. 2 man

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles runs with the ball in the third quarter of a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Monday, August 20, 2012. The Eagles defeated the Patriots, 27-17. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)

Nick Foles entered the preseason as the Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback and will exit as the No. 2, a promotion that came after Foles’ standout effort during the last three weeks and Mike Kafka’s lingering hand injury.

“He’s in that position right now, yeah,” coach Andy Reid said Tuesday when asked if Foles is the top backup. Pressed for clarification, Reid emphasized it’s the standing at this time.

“Right now, that’s what he is,” Reid said. “He’s the one that’s going to play and start (Thursday’s) game.”

Foles, who started last week’s game in Cleveland in starter Michael Vick’s absence, will start again on Thursday against the Jets, with Vick sitting out the preseason finale. Foles is scheduled to play one quarter and Trent Edwards the final three.

That means Kafka, who entered camp as the backup quarterback, will not play and might see his job taken by Foles.

When Reid was asked if Foles is the No. 2 regardless of whether Kafka was healthy, Reid focused only on the current situation.

“You asked me right now,” Reid said. “I can’t get any clearer than that.”

There is no telling how the depth chart would read if Kafka was healthy, and there’s no telling if Kafka will make the roster. He has not played since the first preseason game because of a broken left hand. Kafka has taken some snaps in practice this week, but his hand is too tender to show the coaches any more than they’ve already seen.

“I know him well enough, I think, to be able to make that evaluation,” Reid said of Kafka.

Foles has clearly played well enough to earn the No. 2 job. He has completed 63 percent of his passes for 507 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. Foles demonstrated a command of the offense and a feel for the game that most rookies do not. His biggest transition might be adjusting to a backup role that could require relief appearances after a college career during which he was the starter.

“It’s definitely different, but we’ve all played this game a long time,” Foles said. “I’ll have the headset in when (Vick) is playing, and me and the other quarterbacks will be visualizing the play and visualizing what we’d do in that situation.”

Vick and Foles are locks to make the roster. The final spot will go to either Kafka or Edwards.

Without Kafka in Thursday’s game, Edwards will have one last chance to impress the coaching staff. But both might be competing for the No. 3 job with Foles as the backup.

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