The Jacksonville Jaguars do not intend on playing their quarterback Nick Foles against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.
A couple of months back when the Philadelphia Eagles preseason schedule dropped, many circled week two on the calendar. What was so special about the second week during the preseason, and what made it a potential must-see game? Well, because the Birds were traveling down to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not just the Jaguars, though — the Nick Foles-led Jaguars.
Back in the spring, the Eagles were unsure of what they were going to do with the Super Bowl LII MVP. While they liked Foles enough to pay him tons of money to back up Carson Wentz, they didn’t like him enough to prematurely give up on their 2016 second-overall pick after Foles’ unbelievable hot streak in 2017 when he was filling in for No. 11.
Foles wanted to start, and he had the opportunity to do so elsewhere. So after opting out of the second-year option on his contract, Foles was set to become a free agent. Then, he inked a generous deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, he’s got his own team and own offense to run.
This week, many anticipated a Nick Foles versus Carson Wentz matchup in Jacksonville. Even though it’s just preseason, nobody within the Eagles fan base can say this meaningless matchup was actually you know… Meaningless. This isn’t Wentz versus Sam Bradford here.
This is the Eagles franchise quarterback versus the guy that many wanted to be the franchise QB on numerous occasions throughout the years. It could’ve been a nerve-wracking matchup that could’ve sent Eagles fans into a premature frenzy — but it looks like the Jaguars and the Eagles will relieve many who are stressed this week because Nick Foles versus Carson Wentz won’t actually happen.
Foles vs. Wentz is postponed until further notice
According to NBC Sports’ Derrick Gunn, the Jaguars do not intend on debuting Nick Foles this week. The Eagles, on the other hand, won’t confirm if Wentz will play or not. After hearing Coach Pederson and Wentz’s comments from the final day of training camp, we shouldn’t really be surprised if Wentz doesn’t even play in the preseason this year to avoid injury.
Foles versus Wentz could’ve been an exciting matchup, but having it not go down in the preseason is the best-case scenario for Eagles fans. For one, considering that many within the Eagles fan base love and respect Nick Foles like he’s family, it’s for the best that they don’t have to root against him as early as this year. That just feels strange after all he’s done recently.
However, that’s not the most crucial factor here. The most important part is a Foles-less Jaguars matchup will leave the Eagles fan base without any ridiculous overreactions or feelings. We’ve already seen our fair share of crazy statements over the first week of the preseason — now imagine Nick Foles torching a bunch of the Eagles’ backups while Wentz likely sits out.
The “Eagles should’ve kept Foles,” comments on Thursday would be endless. Fortunately, nobody has to worry about that. Instead, everybody can sit back and enjoy some preseason football. And rather than looking for a Nick Foles revenge game against Philly, get ready to enjoy Cody Kessler’s battle with his former team, while hopefully supporting their franchise quarterback.