It’s impossible to take much away from Nick Foles’ first appearance as an NFL quarterback, other than that we already know he’s better than Blaine Gabbert. But the rookie out of Arizona was mostly impressive in completing 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. While he spent much of his day dropping off checkdown passes and throwing the ball off of Jason Avant’s face, Foles’ first career TD pass was a memorable one.
And it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of fellow rookie Bryce Brown.
The Eagles aligned in a three-wide, shotgun set with Brown lined up to the right of Foles. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan sent pressure off the left edge, but Brown wisely slid in front of Foles and stood up the rush. It was an impressive play both in terms of recognition and execution–and a play that is sure to catch the eye of his coaches.
Take a look below.