The offseason is well underway for the Philadelphia Eagles. As the team begins its preparations for the 2013 season, PhiladelphiaEagles.com takes a position-by-position look at the roster. Here's a look at the quarterback position ...
End Of Season Depth Chart:
Foles played in seven games and made six starts before a hairline fracture in his throwing hand sidelined him for the regular season finale against the Giants. From a statistical standpoint, Foles threw for more yards (1,699) and had more attempts (265) and completions (161) than any rookie quarterback in franchise history. He drastically improved from a turnover standpoint. After throwing three interceptions in his first two appearances, Foles had just two the remainder of the season. He put together a string of three straight games with a passer rating of 89 or better. He completed at least 60 percent of his pass attempts in five out of seven appearances.
Vick began the season as the starter and led the Eagles to a 3-1 start. All three of the wins were come-from-behind victories. However, Vick's season was defined by injury and turnovers. Vick threw six interceptions in the first two games. In addition, he lost five fumbles on the season including two in the costly Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh which began the team's downward spiral. It should be noted that Vick did have four games with a passer rating of 94 or better including a 127.1 rating in the first half of the game against the Cowboys in which he was concussed. Vick had started 6-of-9 for 70 yards with a beautiful touchdown pass to
Player To Watch In Offseason: Obviously, it's Nick Foles. There are questions regarding Michael Vick's future with the team as he is reportedly due a huge roster bonus shortly after the Super Bowl. Foles showed promise as a rookie. He's got the size and toughness to be an NFL quarterback at 6-6, 243 pounds. He's not a mobile quarterback, but he has good awareness in the pocket. He's got enough arm strength to make all of the throws. He's a quick study, as he absorbed the playbook in rapid fashion. He's got a strong football IQ as he was checking out of plays in preseason and then, of course, calling the play on the game-winning touchdown throw against Tampa Bay. He's got the intangibles as Foles earned the respect of the players in the locker room.
Certainly, the new head coach will impact Foles' development. The rest of the NFL has plenty of film on Foles now. How will Foles adjust? The Eagles are optimistic about Foles, but he's still got a lot to prove this offseason.
Free Agents To Be: None
Best Performance Of 2012: Vick's performances against Baltimore and the New York Giants early in the season earned strong consideration. However, the tip of the cap goes to Foles' come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay. Foles completed 62.7 percent of his pass attempts for an Eagles rookie record 381 yards with three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and no turnovers. He rallied the Eagles in the fourth quarter with fourth-down conversions and eventually the game-winning touchdown throw to wide receiver
Noteworthy Stat: Foles' interception rate of just 1.9 percent was the fifth lowest in the NFL.
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