Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles: Business as Usual

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Jul 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly talks to the media at a press conference during training camp at the Novacare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The league will have tape on him. They believe they will be ready for him. But Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly believes he will continue to grow.

I’m looking for him to improve on everything. His footwork, his timing, his understanding of where the ball is supposed to go, ability to check protections, ability to check to the run game. The great thing about Nick is that Nick understands that, too. He’s still young. He had an outstanding season last year and everybody is excited about him, but he knows as an individual he can still get better. That’s what we worked on when we were with him in the whole offseason program and that’s what he’ll continue to work on starting today.

This season Foles is missing his deep-threat DeSean Jackson. But he has wide recever Jeremy Maclin returning from injury last season. He has an improved wide receiver Riley Cooper who’s coming off a great year with 47 receptions, 835 yards and 8 touchdowns. Two outstanding tight ends, Brent Celek and second year Zach Ertz. And now an impressive looking rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Don’t expect Foles to decline this year. If we learned anything about him is that he doesn’t give up, he keeps pressing on. Remember the Snow Bowl of 2013. Many quarterbacks would have folded during that game and said to themselves, “I just don’t have it today,” and start thinking of next week’s game. But not Foles. He played just as hard on the play before he threw the interception and he did the play before his touchdown pass to Jackson.

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