It is well known that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles struggled to say the least against the Bears last week. With two interceptions in only one quarter of play, there were definitely some raised eyebrows of concern; even if it is just the preseason.
Foles was one of four quarterbacks last week to throw two interceptions, the only difference is, Foles did it in half as many drop backs as the other three. To put it simply, we need to see more from Foles in the second preseason game against the Patriots, a team that they have been practicing against all week.
Foles only threw two interceptions all of last season, and it goes without saying that another season performance like that is most likely not going to happen, but still, another two interception or sub-par performance from the Eagles quarterback, and you won’t be able to help but get a little worried.
Yes, Foles is without his top two receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper which leaves wide outs Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn as the starting two on the outside. Thats not necessarily a duo thats going to scare defensive coordinators.
With that being said though, that makes it all that more important for Foles to have a bounce back game tonight against New England, and gain some of his confidence back and gain some trust and chemistry with his other receivers.
Last week Foles looked lost, was holding on to the ball way too long, and didn’t seem confident as to where he was throwing the ball. Given that Maclin can’t seem to stay healthy and we have no idea what’s going on with Cooper, it’s huge for Foles to have a strong showing in a game where he’ll be missing his top two wide receivers.
The best quarterbacks in this league make the players around them better, and there is no reason not to put the same expectations on Foles. Preseason game number two in going to be a big one for the Eagles quarterback. It is only preseason and you don’t want to read too much into it, but another poor performance certainly isn’t going to give us confidence going into the regular season.
Obviously no turnovers, and a nice scoring drive or two would be excellent to see tonight and would give us reason to believe once again in “Nicky Franchise”. But even if he throws an interception, as long as he looks like he’s confident in his throws and looks like he’s in control, that’s what really matters right now. Preseason doesn’t mean a whole lot for Foles, but we also don’t want to see him struggle throughout these four games and leave us nervous once the regular season does come around.