Camp Notes: Foles Trying To Bounce Back

Nick FolesIf there is a positive spin to put on Nick Foles‘ two preseason turnovers, it’s that both were promptly followed by touchdown drives.

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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  • Vick has earned the starting job, IMO, but I really like what Foles has shown. Even if Vick walks next year, I don’t feel so bad with Foles and Barkley on the roster.

  • theycallmerob

    I don’t get why some people are arguing so much about this. I made my case clear early that, contingent on good performance, I would take Foles over Vick for many reasons. Most of them were forward-thinking.
    However, Kelly seems to stay true to his word. Vick separated himself over the course of camp, and has simply looked better in PS games. Foles=good (and I’m confident he can run this offense, and is way better than most backups), but Vick=great.. It’s that simple.
    I also understand the logic that (1) It’s easier to transition to Foles mid-season, than from Foles–>Vick, and (2) Vick must stay healthy. Vick is very capable of running the offense from a “mental” standpoint, and has made outstanding decisions thus far. This will obviously lead to a decline in TOs as well. I’m also under the belief that neither Foles nor Barkley have reached their respective ceilings, and a year learning Kelly’s scheme will benefit both. And, quite frankly, I’m unsure of Vick’s ceiling anymore in this scheme.

    If this translates to the regular season, I’m going to be excited to watch Vick lead an offensive explosion this year. Especially since I just drafted McCoy and Djax in my FFL this afternoon!!

    • The argument that it’s far easier to go from Vick to Foles than it is to go from Foles to Vick is a really good one.

  • ICDogg

    There’s an article on BGN, unusually well-written, making another strong point.

    I urge you to read it all, but here’s a couple of quotes:

    “…Of all the things Chip Kelly brings to the table, there is one thing he does not have: credibility on the professional level. No matter how bright or innovative he appears to be, it will mean nothing if it doesn’t translate into wins… ”

    “…And just as horrible teams seem to be caught in a vicious cycle of futility, teams with a credible head coach often enjoy long stretches of success…To get there, he needs to establish himself as quickly as possible, and Vick seems like the most viable option to make that happen. If he can do enough to validate Kelly’s methods then he will probably have done more for the long-term future of the team than Foles would have by getting the experience. After credibility is gained, everything else falls into place: the locker room unites under the common goal of the program and play with drive, heart, and tenacity. The Eagles would also become a popular destination in free agency. As a result, the rebuilding period is shortened immensely.”