Eagles’ coach Andy Reid believes Nick Foles will be a valuable asset to the team in the coming days. The only question is whether or not the value will come from Foles in midnight green or on the trading block?
Foles turned heads in his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a fantastic rally. He also practices with the No. 2 offense while the injured Mike Kafka recovers from a broken hand. With Foles’ increased exposure, Reid told www.nbcsports.com that he likes the production from his rookie from Arizona.
“I think what you look at with any rookie is, are they getting better every day?” Reid said. “[Nick Foles] seems to be doing that and is more comfortable. We’ve got a load of plays in for him and he’s able to recite those properly. Now it is just making sure he’s got everybody down and that comes with reps but I would tell you we knew he was smart coming in and he hasn’t disappointed us in that area. He’s a pretty sharp kid, very diligent, works hard, and all of those things.”
This might be so, but Reid is known for slinging quarterbacks to all four corners of the NFL world when their stock is high, or even on its way down. He sent A.J. Feeley’s talents to south beach in return for a second-round pick; he snagged a second-round and a fourth-round pick from the Washington Redskins for Donovan McNabb, and, most recently, he gave the Arizona Cardinals Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and a second-round pick. Through all Reid’s deals, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken the upside and benefited the most.
Praising Foles could be Reid’s next ruse to inform teams with mediocre quarterbacks he has someone to deal. Then Colt McCoy might come into the Eagles’ picture, or Reid might settle with the never-really-proved-himself Kafka or the under-achieving Trent Edwards.
On the other side, Reid could honestly be putting his stock in Foles taking charge once the Michael Vick era ends.
Foles will take the No. 2 spot Monday behind Vick against the New England Patriots and play most of the second half. We’ll see more of this promising freshman as either the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles’ future or the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles’ future extra draft picks. It’s hard to tell with Andy, but he has a plan, and the Birds will most likely benefit either way.