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Vince Young may not have backup job locked up

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Despite a big contract for a backup quarterback, it’s unclear right now if Vince Young is truly ahead of Mike Kafka in the eyes of Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Young takes more snaps with the No. 2 offense and he enters preseason games second, but the folks watching Eagles practice every day aren’t sure whether he’s picking up the offense fast enough.

“We’ll see how quickly Vince is coming, and that’s a hard thing in this system without an offseason,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “So, he’s doing everything possible to get himself ready to play at a high level. [QB coach] Doug [Pederson] is working hard, hard, hard on that with him.”

That’s a lot of use of the word “hard.” Meanwhile, Kafka has mostly looked good in camp. He has a weak arm, but the coaching staff seems to trust him.

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News believes that if Michael Vick got hurt early in the year, Kafka would replace him.

“Whether that changes in October or November, we’ll see,” Domowitch writes.

Perhaps Young could change it in August if he sparkles in tonight’s preseason game and next week’s preseason finale.