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December 6, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES is a low-profile guy in a high-profile job. A little less than 7 weeks shy of his 25th birthday, the Eagles quarterback is the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Month, one touchdown pass short of Peyton Manning's record of 20 TD passes without an interception from the start of a season. Green and white No. 9 jerseys are about to be arrayed beneath many a Delaware Valley Christmas tree. But who is this man? The locker stall at NovaCare offers no real clues. It contains assorted nutritional supplements, rumpled sweat clothes, a pillow.
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November 12, 2012
On Sunday against the Cowboys, Nick Foles made his NFL debut by replacing injured starting quarterback Michael Vick with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter. On Nov. 23, 2008, against the Ravens, Kevin Kolb got his first significant NFL playing time by replacing struggling starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to open the third quarter. Their results were similarly unsuccessful. Outcomes: Sunday, Cowboys 38, Eagles 23; Nov. 23, 2008, Ravens 36, Eagles 7. Foles' numbers: 22-32-219, 1 TD, 1 INT. Kolb's numbers: 10-23-73, 0 TD, 2 INT. Foles' bright spot: He completed a 44-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin early in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 14-10 lead.
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December 4, 2012
SO THE FINAL four games of this Eagles season resemble the first four - with a "Twilight Zone" twist. Then, the postgame conversation was about culpable coaches and game-deciding fumbles and the ability of the starting quarterback to take the Philadelphia Eagles to the next level. And it is again. The twist, of course, is that the quarterback is now a rookie and the next level is now mediocrity. The fumbles call into question whether rookie Bryce Brown is a bruising, fleet-footed find with a magnificent future in the NFL or just another one of those backs destined to bounce from team to team because of a tendency to bounce the football at the most inopportune of times.
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July 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles shuffled to the microphone in flip-flops and a black baseball cap. A crowd of reporters and cameras formed a semicircle around the Eagles quarterback and each time he was asked a question by someone on the outer edges, Foles would turn and face him. It had been over a month since Foles last publicly spoke. In the intervening time, as the Phillies sank into nonrelevancy, the local sports media vacuum had been filled by a   Philadelphia   magazine profile of Foles that questioned whether he had enough ego to be a successful NFL quarterback.
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February 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Whether it was a sign of genuine enthusiasm or an effort to raise the asking price, Eagles coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman were adamant in their support of quarterback Nick Foles on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Foles' future in Philadelphia has come into question since Kelly was hired because of Kelly's recent history with mobile quarterbacks. It appeared even more questionable when the Eagles renegotiated a deal with Michael Vick, who will be 33 next season, and added Dennis Dixon, another mobile threat.
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August 23, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN Nick Foles finished leading the Eagles to a 27-17 preseason victory over the host New England Patriots late Monday night, Foles made a phone call. On the other end, former Arizona Wildcats quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo heard about the things Foles didn't do right, in the course of completing 18 of 28 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns, and compiling a 96.9 passer rating. Foles was pressed into service much earlier than scheduled when Michael Vick left for rib X-rays with a little more than 6 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
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April 5, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may be time to envision the possibility that Nick Foles will win the Eagles starting quarterback job. Certainly, there are some who have already contemplated the likelihood, considering the competition. Chip Kelly has never wavered from his stance - given the day after he became the Eagles head coach - that he likes Foles and would tailor his offense to the second-year quarterback's skill-set should he prevail. And yet there has been this perception that Foles has little chance since Kelly came aboard and decided a few weeks later to bring Michael Vick back.
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August 22, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Monday evening will be remembered for the quarterback who failed to finish the game, because it is Michael Vick's health that is the overbearing cloud on the Eagles' prospects this season. But there can at least be satisfaction from the quarterback who replaced Vick. Because Nick Foles, the rookie third-round pick, continued a scorching summer in which he often plays the position with a prowess that suggests the Eagles have a prospect with enough promise to develop into a reliable player.
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November 14, 2012
Nick Foles' performance against the Cowboys on Sunday was neither great nor bad. The rookie quarterback was competent, perhaps even more so considering the circumstances, and he gave no indication that he could not handle the rigors of starting in the NFL. But the sample - less than three quarters of football - remains a small one. With Michael Vick unlikely to play Sunday at Washington, Foles will get the opportunity to add to his resumé and...
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December 10, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - If Nick Foles turns out to be as good as Sunday's last-second victory made him out to be, there won't be anyone as joyous as the Eagles' wide receivers. Well, there may be several million back in Philadelphia as thrilled by the prospect of a budding Foles under center for the near future. But a receiver's best friend is always a quarterback who puts the ball in a spot where he can catch it. And Foles made a number of throws that made Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and company look very good in the Eagles' 23-21, thrilling win over the Buccaneers.
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August 25, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I WAS A BIT surprised, late in Thursday night's 31-21 Eagles preseason victory, to see a link on Twitter to a Yahoo.com take on the game, the author asserting that Ben Roethlisberger had really struggled on this night, and that Nick Foles hadn't fared much better. This, after Foles led back-to-back scoring drives, and staked the Birds to a 17-0 lead. He sat down at halftime 19-for-29 for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception, which occurred when Darren Sproles tripped over one of his blockers and fell in front of Troy Polamalu.
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August 25, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every player is available for the right price, but quarterbacks are at a premium, even backups like Mark Sanchez. The St. Louis Rams need a starting quarterback after they officially learned on Sunday that Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury. Sanchez, in light of his strong preseason with the Eagles and his previous working relationship with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, has been mentioned as a possible target. If St. Louis comes calling, the Eagles should ask for at least a conditional third-round draft pick.
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August 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A little more than 10 minutes remained in the first half of the Eagles' first preseason game of the summer that included both of coach Chip Kelly's starting wide receivers. All was well. The offense was firing on all cylinders against the Pittsburgh Steelers, even after LeSean McCoy left with a benign thumb ailment. The Eagles scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, with quarterback Nick Foles spreading the ball to his multitude of weapons. There were third-down throws to Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, the aforementioned starting receivers, for first downs.
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August 23, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time the second half of the Eagles' 31-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers started on Thursday night, Nick Foles was wearing a baseball cap and studying the game on a tablet. His evening was complete. It was the same for the rest of the starters. Coach Chip Kelly took his top players out after their two best quarters this month. Preseason games can be unconvincing and deceiving, but they provide glimpses on the way to the regular season. And the outlook of Eagles fans may have understandably improved from alarmed (after the preseason opener)
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August 22, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE STORY has hung in the air so long, it has lost some lift. Not until Nick Foles sloshes through an entire early regular-season game the way he started last night's exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will doubts about his pedigree again be pushed back into our manic stratosphere. And then only if it is preceded by another bad game and followed by another bad one will the debate about what exactly we saw last season again gain traction. That hasn't happened this preseason, much to our collective relief.
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August 20, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LAST TIME Allen Barbre got an extended NFL starting opportunity, it didn't go very well. This was 2009, his third season with the Packers. Mark Tauscher, the team's longtime starting right tackle, had torn the ACL in his left knee the previous season and wasn't re-signed. Barbre, who had been selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the '07 draft, was named his replacement and started the first seven games of the '09 season. He wasn't awful, but he wasn't good either.
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August 20, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE GOOD news is that Nick Foles is among the Top 100 ranked NFL offensive players by ESPN.COM. The not-so-good news is he is No. 99. And, right behind him at No. 100 is Eagles running back Darren Sproles. The website, which only released the rankings from 91 to 100 yesterday for both offense and defense, said it asked 90 experts with ties to ESPN to rate the players on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Players were ranked overall, not by position. Foles received a score of 6.52, which tied him with Lions running back Reggie Bush and Ravens receiver Steve Smith.
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August 19, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE EAGLES take the field Thursday night for the third of their four preseason games, they could feature as close to a fully stocked wide-receiving corps as we'll see before the Sept. 7 season opener. A foot injury cost Riley Cooper most of training camp, but the Eagles' No. 2 receiver said yesterday he "felt good" after fully participating in practice and plans to make his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Jeremy Maclin's status for the game is still to be determined, but he is slated to return to practice today after missing Friday's game in New England with hamstring tightness.
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August 18, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Talk about cutting the exhibition season in half and expanding the NFL's regular season by two games has all but died, but we think commissioner Roger Goodell is implementing a secret plan to get the conversation going again. Apparently, his strategy is to flag the players union into submission. You'd have to be a masochist to vote against less exhibition football, especially the variety we've seen so far this summer. Through these first two weeks, there have been more flags thrown by NFL officials than you'll find outside the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan.
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August 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Wide receiver Jordan Matthews packed his bag within earshot of quarterback Mark Sanchez in the visitors locker room after the Eagles' 42-35 loss to the New England Patriots on Friday night. Matthews led the Eagles with nine catches for 104 yards, and Sanchez started praising the performance. Except Sanchez knew Matthews could hear him, so he didn't want to be too complimentary of the second-round pick. "He's doing a great job, Sanchez said, "for a rookie.
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