Another Quality Performance By Nick FolesBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles continued to turn heads and surprise fans with his play. I don’t see any way the Birds can keep Mike Kafka as the team’s top backup quarterback behind Michael Vick. Concerning Vick, he threw the ball on Friday in Philadelphia. He didn’t go to the game in Cleveland.
Back to last night’s game, I like the fact that Foles sees the entire field. Many times, coaches will have young quarterbacks just work one side of the field, but this youngster is mature past his professional experience.
The sky is the limit for him. I want to see how he will react to a team that’s blitzing him heavily and forcing him to get the ball out of his hands immediately. So far Foles has passed every test.
On his first touchdown throw, the young signal caller dropped into the pocket looking to his left where he had DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. He didn’t like what he saw there, so his drifted to his right and kept scanning the field looking for an open receiver. He found tight end Brent Celek, who had slid out into a route. Celek caught the pass, broke a tackle and went into the end zone.
He showed off his accuracy with his second touchdown pass. Foles hit running back Dion Lewis on a short throw in the red zone on an angle route, where he beat the linebacker inside. The ball hit Lewis right between the numbers.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid is trying to temper his comments about Foles, because some of the fans and people who cover the team are throwing out superlatives which are getting ahead this young man’s development.
You don’t sense any fear in this young man.
As Reid said, I’ve seen rookie quarterbacks get overly conservative after throwing an interception. He didn’t change his game or panic. Foles kept delivering the football in the same manner he’s been doing all preseason. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 146 yards with two touchdowns and that early interception.
He’s not afraid of the violent and physical part of the game. Foles is 6’6′ 245 pound with tremendous toughness, so he’ll stand strong in the pocket. He’ll hold onto the ball and stand strong in the pocket.
He’s not afraid of the complexity of the position. Foles came to the line and changed a play last night without any hesitation.
After his first game, Foles talked about improving his pre-snap reads. The fact that he’s concentrating on pre-snap reads says a lot about his understanding of the game. I”ve heard that he has a sharp and clear understanding of NFL defenses and coverages. It’s obvious because he knows where to go with the football.
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