By Art Beitchman 

Two Eagles quarterbacks went down with injuries in consecutive preseason games.

So GM Howie Roseman not only got a reliable QB, but a player with 99 NFL game appearances under his belt in 40-year-old Josh McCown, who had retired to an ESPN analyst booth for the upcoming season.

Securing a $2M contract from the Birds, McCown was ready and willing to continue his NFL career!

After just a few days of meeting his new teammates, McCown took over calling signals in the third quarter last Thursday against the Ravens and looked rusty in his first five passes.

Then he started connecting with rookie WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside for a pretty 20-yard TD hookup in the corner of the end zone as if he had been here for three years, not just five days! He also threw a nice TD pass to rookie TE Alex Ellis for a nine yards, getting blasted as he let go of the ball but hanging in there for the score — quite a debut!

There are still some decisions to make on the No. 3 QB, but Carson Wentz and McCown are healthy, ready for September 8th opening day vs Washington Redskins.

Roseman has shown once again that he’s got the chops by upgrading the back-up QB spot going into the opener.

And in Philly we all know how important that position can be.