— He cannot grow a mustache.
— He wears size 16 shoes, second largest on the team behind only King Dunlap (of course).
— He also (allegedly) has the biggest head on the squad.
Those tidbits are courtesy of Trent Edwards, who knows more about Foles than anyone on the team, and it’s not really close.
Mutual friends introduced Edwards and Foles when Foles was in college, and they maintained a friendship from there.
“We ended up touching base right before he got drafted,” said Edwards, “and had lunch out in California where he was training and I was living, I saw him out here before he got drafted and spoke to him on draft day.”
Edwards was signed by the Eagles back in February and was considered a longshot to make the team heading into training camp. A few things started breaking Edwards’ way. Mike Kafka got hurt as Edwards began to find his stride, and Foles really flourished in the preseason. Edwards was serving as a mentor to Foles, which couldn’t have hurt when the Eagles were deciding on who their third QB would be. He got the nod.
Edwards finally got his own place after rooming with Foles for the past few months, but they are still very much tied at the hip.
“It’s funny because you’re inseparable. You have nowhere else to go. I see him more than I see anybody else in my life and he’d say the same thing to you,” said Edwards. “But I feel it’s good for both of us. We’ve learned a lot from each other.”
Both Foles and Edwards have been bumped up the depth chart with Michael Vick set to miss Sunday’s game against the Redskins with a concussion. Foles stepped in for Vick last week and went 22-of-32 for 219 yards (6.8 avg.) with a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble. Now he is in line for his first start.
Edwards, like Foles, was called on to start his rookie year because of injury. He ended up guiding the Bills to a 5-4 record in nine starts in 2007. Having gone through it himself, Edwards often talks about how impressed he is with Foles’ composure so early on in his career.
“If you look at the way [Foles] played in the preseason versus the way I played my rookie year in my preseason, there were a lot of moving parts for me my rookie year, it was just going by really fast for me,” said Edwards. “I didn’t feel that was the case for him in the preseason. He was finding number two, three in the progression, his feet were moving, he was accurate. That’s what’s always impressed me about him is that he’s patient, he’s calm, he understands concepts and can get the ball out of his hands.”
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg mentioned on multiple occasions Thursday how the team is excited to play with Foles under center, saying, “I think our players certainly see bright spots with Nick.”
Edwards is certainly one of them.
“I have no doubt that he’ll be ready to go Sunday. I’m going to do whatever I can to help him,” said Edwards. “He’s the type of guy that picks up things quickly, he’s coachable, and I think those are two pretty important things to be at this position.”
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