Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/16/12
I wrote an article early this morning describing why I think the Eagles should not sign Tarvaris Jackson.

The more research I did, the more i realized; Tarvaris Jackson isn't really all that bad.

Sure, he has never finished a full 16-games, but the Eagles don't plan on using him for a full season.

Michael Vick averages 2-3 missed games per season if you don't count his '03 season when he was out after Week 5.

So hopefully the birds would only need Tarvaris for a couple games.

Who knows? Maybe Vick will finish all 16 games. Than again, if Vick should go down, playing Jackson for a few weeks might not be a terrible idea. Here are three short reasons the Philadelphia Eagles should sign Tarvaris Jackson.

1. Current Backups Have Seen Little or No Playing Time

Mike Kafka is still the No. 2 quarterback, but a broken wrist has sidelined him for the rest of preseason. While he should be ready by Week 1, he has yet to throw a touchdown in his NFL career, something that fans should be worried about.

Kafka has also never started a game, and only played in two. If the Eagles benched him, next on the list would be inexperienced Nick Foles out of Arizona who had a fantastic preseason debut, but  was also playing second and third-stringers. God forbid we move down to Trent Edwards.

Edwards did not play last year and signed with the Eagles early in the offseason. He received very little reps in training camp, some exercises he was even forced to watch. Sure he came in and led the Eagles at the end of Week 1 of the preseason, throwing for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Unfortunately, like Foles, he was throwing against the third-team defense of the Steelers. None of the quarterbacks have sufficient starting time, yet Jackson by far had his most games started and completed 15 out of 16 games to be exact.

2. Jackson Has Never Had a Season Under 55 Percent Completion Rate

The title speaks for itself, still it's worth getting into detail about. His lowest completion rate in his career was 58 percent, and it was his rookie year nonetheless. Since then he has averaged an astonishing 60.5 percent in his next five seasons.

Compared to the next most experienced QB on the Eagles' roster (besides Vick), Edwards had his worst completion rate in 2010, at 53 percent.  He also was benched after one game. Edwards, like Jackson, has never finished a full season before. Though I stated in my last article, he is a run-first quarterback; if he came to Philadelphia he would be surrounded by talent at the wide receiver position -- who would more than likely help his ratio rise.

3. He Is Coming Off Of His Best Season Yet                

2011 was Jackson's first season in Seattle, and it was his best so far. He recorded 3,091 yards on a team that is surrounded with no-name receivers (at least, it was).  He finished off his season with a 60.2 percent completion ratio, something that not every QB is lucky enough to have.

He threw the ball 271 times, 100 times more than his next best season. Without Adrian Peterson to hand-off to, he had to become a better passer, and he did. So it's obvious, he is becoming a better quarterback. With speedy receivers like DeSean and Maclin, he would most likely rise to the occasion and play tremendously for an injured Michael Vick.

What do you think? Is the risk worth the reward? Can he play at a high level on the other side of the nation? Comment below.

                 

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