In the opener against the Patriots, Foles was hit from behind as he was trying to pass on his second play from scrimmage and coughed up the football. His next time up he engineered a 10-play, 62-yard drive that Bryce Brown capped with an eight-yard burst up the middle for the score.
Thursday against Carolina, Foles was interecepted by Josh Thomas in the back of the end zone on the opening possession. On the next series he scrambled for the seven-yard touchdown run.
“In both instances in two weeks in a row which I learned from Nick, he can bounce back from an adverse situation. Not that you ever want to be in one but at least you kind of know how he’ll be,” said Chip Kelly.
Mistakes are magnified in a tight quarterback competition, especially when you have so few snaps to go off. Michael Vick has been sharper in his two preseason appearances and looks to have the inside track to win the job. Turnovers, like the one Foles surrendered on Thursday, can cost you.
“It’s definitely tough when it happens, but you just sort of know that your teammates are looking to you because you’re gonna go back in there,.” said Foles. “The first thought in my mind when I got to the sidelines was I can’t wait until we get the ball back. I cannot wait to go in and get that ball in the end zone. So there’s a fire right there. You never want that to happen. It does. And you’ve just got to bounce back from it.”
Foles said that he and Vick split first-team reps Sunday. Only the first half-hour of practice is open to the media now, so we don’t know if it was a 50-50 share or not. On Saturday, Vick got the bulk of the work with the first team.
Does Foles still have a chance to be the starter?
“My mindset is I’m gonna work as hard as I can. My ultimate goal always is to play,” he said. “That’s my ultimate goal. I’m gonna work towards that. I’m not changing anything.”
Dennis Kelly update
I caught up with offensive tackle Dennis Kelly outside of the NovaCare Complex Sunday. He is still walking gingerly following surgery earlier this month to repair the L2 disc in his back . He said he is “very confident” that he will not be placed on injured reserve. And while he acknowledged that being ready for the opener is a long shot, he is thinking that he might be back on the practice field around then.
That seems like a pretty quick turnaround following back surgery. Kelly, though, says modern technology has cut down the recovery time.
New Role For Remington
Isaac Remington turned his white No. 61 jersey in for a green 52 on Sunday, as the former Oregon defensive lineman worked with the O-line at practice. The undrafted free agent is probably a long shot to make the 53-man roster.
Curtis Marsh (broken hand), Felix Jones (oblique), Danny Watkins (concusion), Emil Igwenagu (concussion), Kenny Phillips (quad) and Casey Matthews (knee) sat out practice once again Sunday.
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