While the Philadelphia Eagles were struggling earlier this past season, they needed a spark. That is what they got when quarterback Nick Foles took over for Michael Vick. At one point he had 19 touchdowns without an interception. Foles shows off a big arm and as stats show, he can be very efficient. Head coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense began clicking as soon as this second-year signal caller hit a tremendous grove.
The only criticism I can find is a lack of top line speed. This would complete Kelly’s offense, because no one is fooled when Foles wants to run the read-option. He has been named starting quarterback entering next season however, and for good reason. Given a shortage of truly “elite” quarterbacks playing right now, Foles possesses good upside, and should play.
Veteran Michael Vick began 2013 atop the depth chart, but injuries once again derailed his season. After recently stating no desire to be a backup, it looks very likely that Vick will be elsewhere next year. That leaves questions about who steps in if Foles were to go down. Matt Barkley struggled as a rookie in spot duty throwing no touchdowns and four interceptions. While Barkley showed an ability to move the ball, he looked easily rattled. How much progress can be made in one offseason remains a daunting question. Josh McCown played well in place of Jay Cutler.
Only one pick the entire year is very impressive. I am not thrilled by his overall body of work though. Tavaris Jackson brings mobility, but frankly has below average passing skills. Actually, Tim Tebow’s scrambling ability and big arm could be deadly in this scheme. However, accuracy concerns scare teams away from giving him another chance. According to reports, Jason Campbell is expected to be released by the Cleveland Browns. Campbell (11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this year) has become a journeyman of sorts, but can win games when called upon. Good enough passing acumen and adequate running capability make him a viable plan B if Foles suffers injuries or greatly regresses in performance.