2013 Will Likely be QB Nick Foles' Last Season with Philadelphia Eagles

By Joe Doris
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There is simply just no room for QB Nick Foles in the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterbacking unit, and I look for the Birds to try and trade the University of Arizona product after, or during, the upcoming 2013 season.

Foles was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of last year’s 2012 NFL Draft, and Philly fans immediately over-hyped and honestly overwhelmed the young QB.

To say that Foles’ performances in his six starts in place of starting QB Michael Vick last season were discouraging would surely be an understatement, as he failed to show any professional composure or pocket-presence while also struggling with his throwing accuracy.

Vick is almost sure to win the Eagles’ starting QB spot, and rookie Matt Barkley was not brought aboard by brand new head coach Chip Kelly and company for no reason. Barkley was actually regarded as a first-round QB prospect prior to last year’s draft, until his stock plummeted rapidly following a disappointing, and injury-riddled, senior season at University of Southern California (USC). After questions also arose regarding Barkley’s all-around durability, the Eagles were able to steal him in the fourth round of April’s 2013 NFL Draft.

The way I see it, Kelly and the Eagles’ organization added Barkley because they thought he was a better fit for their brand of offense. If they really believed in Foles to run their explosive offensive unit, then they would not have drafted Barkley and signed him to a four-year deal.

Considering Vick has at least three or four more legitimate seasons left in him and Barkley isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, Foles realistically must go.

Even though Foles is not a quality starter, he can certainly serve as a backup, and is too good to release or keep as a third-stringer. Therefore, the most reasonable option for the Eagles is to simply trade him.


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