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December 19, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NICK FOLES passed for a career-high 428 yards, tops in the NFL last weekend. He threw three touchdown passes, just one interception, and had a passer rating of 103.5. Still, the second-year signal caller has almost been universally talked about as having just an OK performance against Minnesota. That's pretty much the same way Foles feels as he evaluates his day. To him, the primary statistic that matters is the won-lost record. Because the Eagles suffered a critical loss to the lowly Vikings, there's little chance he feels good about his play.
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July 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
BY NOW, Pete Prisco's inbox is full of hate mail. The senior NFL columnist for CBSSports.com, recently published his annual list of overrated/underrated players for each team. And there are some big names on the overrated list, including running back Ray Rice of the Ravens, running back D'Angelo Williams of Panthers, wide receiver Wes Welker of the Broncos and (drumroll please) quarterback Nick Foles of the Eagles. Wrote Prisco about Foles: "Let's slow the train down some, OK. He did some good things last season, but you'd think he was a star already.
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September 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES pried himself off the turf eventually, his recovery aided by a delay caused by the brawl taking place behind him, and then by the official review of the interception he'd just thrown, which turned out to be an incomplete pass. Foles had been viciously blindsided by Washington defensive lineman Chris Baker at the end of the play, leading Jason Peters to go after Baker, a bunch of Eagles to rush the Washington sideline, and Baker and Peters to be ejected. Now Foles gathered his troops and refocused.
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November 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES went shopping for some good medical news on Black Friday, and he got it. Foles' 4-week followup CT scan showed the quarterback's left collarbone is healing normally, a source close to the situation said. The source said Foles can't take a hit yet, but he can step up strengthening exercises, with an eye toward full clearance 6 to 8 weeks from the Nov. 2 break. The source stressed that more healing must take place before Foles is cleared to take a hit. Of course, Mark Sanchez' error-free performance against Dallas made it look unlikely, for now, that the starting job will be available when Foles returns, though, in an ideal world, before deciding on a quarterback for 2015, the Eagles would be able to get a look at Foles behind this offensive line, with the once-again powerful run game that helped Foles perform so well in 2013.
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September 23, 2014
NICK FOLES has been called a lot of things by a lot of people in the last year or so: cool, accurate, smart, franchise; lucky, fad, product of a system, flash in the pan. The descriptions shift with the winds, and the final scores. There is little upon which everyone can agree. Except now, maybe, this: tough. It is an essential quality for success as an NFL quarterback. There is no faking it, either. The rules and the officials do everything they can to protect you and you still get leveled by human missiles on a regular basis.
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April 5, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
NICK FOLES was trying in vain Wednesday to convince a group of skeptical reporters that he can run a Chip Kelly offense when Eagles center/class clown Jason Kelce stuck his head in the room and shouted, "Tell'em how fast you are, Nick. " As anyone who watched the three-part miniseries that was his 10-yard touchdown run against the Bucs last December knows, speed isn't part of Foles' skill-set. He has decent mobility in the pocket, but you don't want him running the anchor on your 4-x- 100 relay team.
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February 17, 2013
The following is a post by Les Bowen from the Daily News' Eagles blog, Eagletarian: News of the Eagles signing former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon arrived right around the same time that USA Today reported former Eagles coach Andy Reid would like to see the Chiefs trade for Nick Foles. As is often the case when apparent serendipity strikes, some folks put these two events together and concluded Foles was on his way out of here, sooner rather than later.
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December 3, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE TIGHT ENDS hadn't been a huge part of the Eagles' passing attack in the first 11 games. Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey had been collectively targeted just 73 times and had 40 receptions for 595 yards and four touchdowns. But they had a pretty good idea that was going to change yesterday against the Arizona Cardinals. "We thought we would be used more this game because of the way they play their defense," Ertz said. "They put a lot of safeties and linebackers on us [in]
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April 29, 2012
Eagles Day 3 Draft Picks BRANDON BOYKIN CB, Georgia, 5-9, 182 His stock fell because of concussion concerns and a broken leg at the Senior Bowl, but the athletic corner projects as a slot man who can contribute immediately as a dynamic punt and kick returner. DENNIS KELLY T, Purdue, 6-8, 321 The massive lineman flew under the radar despite starting at Purdue, but Howard Mudd sees someone he hopes to develop. MARVIN McNUTT WR, Iowa, 6-3, 216 Tall and productive, with 18 touchdowns the last three seasons, McNutt is a former quarterback still learning the finer points of receiving.
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January 10, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
NICK FOLES was the seventh quarterback taken in the 2012 draft, 87 picks after Andrew Luck, 86 after Robert Griffin III, 80 after Ryan Tannehill, 66 after Brandon Weeden, 31 after Brock Osweiler and 13 after Russell Wilson. The Eagles selected him with the 25th pick in the third round, which was about where most draft analysts had him going. Most, but not all. "I had him in the first round," ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer said. "That was well-documented.
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September 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
Final record: 5-11. A win right out of the blocks for Carson Wentz? That isn't how things work in Philadelphia. On the other hand, it is against the Browns. But still: Loss National Monday night stage, in his native Midwest. No idea, but let's give this one to the High Plains Ginger: Win Short week, strong opponent, no thanks. You'll see a lot of stories comparing Wentz to 2004 Ben Roethlisberger: Loss With an extra week to prepare, can Jim Schwartz wreak his revenge upon Motown?
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February 26, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - A tumultuous year in which Howie Roseman was removed from football operations in favor of Chip Kelly only to be reinstated after Kelly was fired illustrated that the two men had many differences. But as much as they seemingly had polar opposite personalities and football backgrounds, Roseman and Kelly differed on how to manage the Eagles roster and salary cap. It could be said that Kelly's free spending ways ultimately did him in, and as a result made Roseman even more attractive to owner Jeffrey Lurie.
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February 9, 2016
FOR EAGLES FANS, Super Bowl Sunday fireworks erupted long before the game began. ESPN's Adam Schefter, a power broker who trades secrets wth teams and agents, reported Sunday morning that the Eagles are unlikely to place the franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford - though Schefter said they retain some interest in signing Bradford. This was bracing news, but opinion is divided on whether Bradford is worth the $20 million or so straight off the cap it would take to franchise him, so it didn't produce a major shock wave.
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February 9, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles have not made a decision yet on whether they will use their franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford, according to a league source, despite an ESPN report Sunday that said the Eagles are not expected to use the tag on the quarterback. The ESPN report also said Eagles coach Doug Pederson is interested in reacquiring Nick Foles, although the source said the Eagles have not had any discussions about Foles. With Chip Kelly in charge last offseason, the team dealt Foles in a package for Bradford that included surrendering the team's 2016 second-round pick.
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November 30, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles season hasn't officially concluded, but that doesn't mean conclusions haven't been reached yet. In fact, quite a few have. It wasn't that many seasons ago, as Jeff Lurie fashioned an exit strategy for the Andy Reid era, that the owner dismissed brief late-season success as "fool's gold. " Even if the Eagles somehow show an unexpected pulse in their remaining five games, the 2015 season is a failure on a grand scale. There is no getting away from the fact that Chip Kelly's third season was not just a step back but a repudiation of his entire methodology of team-building.
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November 24, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EAGLES FANS were hungry for a little tweet and sour after Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers. So they took to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Here are some of the tweets we can print: BF (@Bfreeborn): One of the most embarrassing displays of ineptitude in Eagles history. Complete disrespect for loyal fans. Clock is ticking. Donald (@cobra640): Call in sick on Thursday. Robb Cullen (@robbcullen): Eagles Please, Chip, don't come back to work tomorrow.
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November 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jeff Fisher promised the Nick Foles era was not over in St. Louis after the Rams coach announced he had benched the former Eagles quarterback Monday, and that's probably true. You have to believe Case Keenum, the undrafted QB du jour for the Rams, will make it possible for Foles to start again before the season is over. This, of course, is no time for the Eagles or Chip Kelly to gloat about the trade that brought Sam Bradford to Philadelphia from the Rams. The Eagles, their coach, and their quarterback have enough issues of their own, including a 4-5 record that is identical to the disappointing mark that helped send Foles to the bench in St. Louis.
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November 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles' starting tenure in St. Louis lasted nine games. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that he is benching the former Eagles quarterback and starting backup Case Keenum after Foles threw just one touchdown pass in the last four games. The Rams acquired Foles from the Eagles in a March trade for Sam Bradford. They signed him to a two-year, $24.54 million contract extension that included $13.792 million guaranteed. Fisher said Foles would "eventually be under center" for the Rams again.
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September 24, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
WITH THE POPE heading to town, this is no time for despair. We . . . Must . . . Believe . . . So let's try this: Nine of 32 NFL teams have lost their first two games this season. Six, including the Eagles, are in the NFC. Four of the six were projected by many to make the playoffs. If you include the three winless teams in the AFC, that list swells to six. So is there hope? Sure. The Colts were only the latest team to prove it can be done last year, after dropping to 0-2 with a home loss against the Eagles.
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September 21, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly said he did not want to trade Nick Foles after he traded him. Foles said he loved Philadelphia and was thankful for his time here after he landed in St. Louis. What we had, if we can believe the two men, was an amicable separation handled maturely by both sides. It may be true that Kelly did not want to trade Foles. Perhaps he wanted Sam Bradford to come in and compete with Foles for the No. 1 job. But the fact that the coach/personnel director was also willing to surrender higher draft picks than the ones he received in return from the Rams speaks volumes about which quarterback he thinks is better.
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