With less than a week away from the Philadelphia Eagles first preseason game against the Chicago Bears, all eyes are on number 9, Quarterback Nick Foles. With only a handful of practices, every rep, throw, and mistake are analyzed by many. There have been some mixed reviews on Foles performance so far in Training Camp. Is the franchise QB struggling to maintain a high level of play we are accustomed to?
Mistakes in practice are supposed to happen. You learn, and develop a short memory as you make them. Would we want Nick Foles to be in mid-season form right now? Of course, but for now a steady improvement is all that is needed for this team to reach its maximum potential. Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com has been charting every single rep of each Eagle QB. You can see for yourself the stats and performances of the Eagle QB’s. Foles is now on a streak of 4 interceptions in three straight practices. This is a bit concerning, considering the fact Foles only had 2 interceptions all season last year. There has also been sloppy throws that are uncharacteristic of Nick. Low throws, over throws, and holding onto the ball have all plagued the young QB this Training Camp. Foles has been a little sluggish so far, and has lacked that final polish you want to see. The season is still in its infancy, so with time comes the sharpness and chemistry that is desired. As of right now, Foles’ play has been a bit underwhelming.
Has Nick Foles been razor sharp thus far in camp? No. He hasn’t been, but by no means has he been atrocious like some have been led to believe. The fact is, the team is implementing new plays and schemes this Training Camp, and have even been practicing new throws to add to Foles arsenal. The team has been running numerous wheel routes, and have been throwing a good deal of back shoulder throws in practice. Both of which are extremely deadly if perfected against man coverage, which the team saw almost exclusively last season. If Nick can get these new wrinkles down, you can bet that the Offense will be even more effective compared to the previous year. The fact of the matter is that the timing and chemistry also aren’t there yet, which may also cause some misfires by Foles. With new personnel and staff, It takes time to create that certain timing where everything comes natural. Half the Receivers Nick Foles is throwing to wont be on the team come September. The talent he’s throwing at might be lacking now, causing tough throws, but when the real games start, Nick will have a plethora of weapons.
Another cause to Nick Foles maybe not being as sharp is the improved Eagles Defense. The Offense last year definitely got the better of Defense all throughout camp. This year, the team added depth, and talent to a thin defensive roster. This Training Camp, the entire Secondary has been flying around and making plays. Corners Brandon Boykin and Nolan Carroll have especially made life difficult for Foles. When you face the same improved Defense day in and day out, you’re bound to make mistakes. Iron sharpens Iron, as some like to say. Battling a good Defense can only make you better come the regular season. Nick Foles has to learn from his mistakes and improve, as well as adjust. The Eagles Defense knows his tendencies and the plays, something that other teams don’t exactly have the luxury of. But as mentioned, being tested like this will make playing the actual games more comfortable for the entire Offense.
As camp progresses, the spotlight will only grow bigger on Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles. Everything will be scrutinized, from his throws, down to his boring lifestyle. Nick has had his fair share of miscues this Training Camp, but there are many factors that play into that. With mistakes comes improved play. Foles is a franchise QB, and I expect another Pro Bowl year from the 25 year old. As of right now these up and down practices will be used to help the progress of the young Quarterback’s development. Iron sharpens Iron, and Nick Foles is battling to take the Philadelphia Eagles to the next level.