Usually the backup quarterback is the most popular man in Philly. But after Thursday’s opener against the Steelers, the crown will be worn by the third-stringer for at least a week.
“I love the fans’ passion. It’s an honor for me to be here playing, and I love it,” said Foles, not helping matters any. “I want to do well for them. All of us do. I love how the fans are.”
Foles said multiple times that he still has a ton of work to do and that it was only one game (against back-ups). It’s good that somebody is keeping their head.
The 6-5 rookie out of Arizona went 6-of-10 for 144 yards with a pair of touchdown tosses. He finished with a 143.8 quarterback rating. Midway through the third he floated to his right and launched a pass that traveled 40-plus yards in the air to a wide-open Damaris Johnson, who cruised in for the 70-yard touchdown. He followed that up with a 44-yard TD pass to Mardy Gilyard.
Foles mania commenced.
The Tweet of the night goes to @phiLAsports7:
the real question is does Andy or Marty give the speech at Canton for Foles. After Reid and Marty each win 2#BowlswithFoles.
Bowls with Foles. Love that.
Mike Kafka did not fare as well in his preseason debut. Andy Reid was asked if the No. 2 spot is up for grabs.
“Everything’s open. I keep it wide open at all positions,” said Reid. “Whoever is playing the best is going to play.”
WHAT YOU MISSED
Michael Vick put a scare in the hearts of the Delaware Valley when he exited with a thumb injury in the second quarter. The quarterback hit the back of Jason Kelce’s helmet on a follow-through and left in pain. The X-rays taken at halftime were negative. Bullet dodged.
Here are some instant observations from Sheil. SPOILER ALERT: The notes do not reflect well on Jaiquawn Jarrett.
Of course, the whole game was played with the sad backdrop of Garrett Reid‘s recent passing. Andy and his family took a step forward thanks to the Philadelphia fans.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Jeffrey and Christina Lurie have agreed on a divorce settlement, according to the New York Post.
…the former Hollywood producer turned NFL mogul has agreed to hand her a sizable chunk of the team, which they bought in 1994 and is currently worth more than $1 billion. We hear the final court papers could be filed as early as next week.
What does it mean for the Eagles now that Christina allegedly has a “chunk” of the control? That will be a storyline to follow.
Apparently Donovan McNabb has gotten leaner this offseason as his search for work continues. From John Clayton:
McNabb spent so much time in the weight room getting his body ready for the pounding of being a starting quarterback. Friends told him he got too big, so he’s adjusted his workout routine. It’s going to take an injury to open a starting job for McNabb and many believe he’s a long shot to play again.
A players day off Friday. Training camp resumes on Saturday morning with an 8:15 walkthrough. Reid will address the media afterwards. The afternoon practice kicks off at 2:45.