The Philadelphia Eagles may not have depth in every position. However, the Eagles certainly have more than enough quarterbacks to play around with. Yet it wasn’t enough for Philadelphia to have Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon and Trent Edwards on the roster, as it went on to add G.J. Kinne on March 5.
According to the Associated Press, the Eagles signed Kinne to a two-year deal, just like they did with Dixon. Even Foles doesn’t have that kind of commitment, yet Philadelphia continues to stock up more alternatives to Vick.
Kinne has never played an NFL game, as he was briefly with the New York Jets as a rookie free agent last season. He did rack up big numbers at the University of Tulsa, finishing with the second most yards and touchdowns in school history.
Back then, Kinne was coached by current Eagles’ offensive quality control coach Press Taylor. Philadelphia had already reunited Dixon and Chip Kelly years after they worked together in Oregon, and now it has formed a second reunion between a college coach and quarterback.
Yet Dixon and Kelly’s reunion is likely to be more substantial than Kinne and Taylor’s. If Foles can’t fit in with Kelly’s system or winds up getting traded, Dixon would then step in as Vick’s top backup. As for Kinne, he would need both Foles and Edwards to leave before he could even contend for the third-string job.
That may indeed come to pass, as there is no more room for Edwards and Foles’ fate is up in the air. Kinne could well be one of the last men standing in the Eagles’ quarterback free-for-all, unless they add yet another signal caller while they are at it.
At this moment, five quarterbacks may be enough overkill for Philadelphia. Nevertheless, for all the depth the Eagles now have at this position, it remains a gigantic question mark. Vick is one of the more fragile starters in the NFL while Foles remains uncertain, Dixon hasn’t had playing time in years, Edwards already washed out as a starter in Buffalo and Kinne has never taken a professional snap.
Philadelphia is favoring quantity over quality when it comes to quarterbacks these days. With so many options, the Eagles hope that one of them will luck out at some point and put them back on top.