The preseason in Philadelphia continues to be the Nick Foles show, as the Eagles corrected some early miscues to dominate the Browns to the tune of 27-10 Friday night.
With quarterback Michael Vick sidelined, Foles started his first NFL game with and didn't disappoint. Foles finished the night 12-of-19 for 146 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
After the game, head coach Andy Reid discussed his young quarterback's progression.
"He had a couple nice throws," head coach Andy Reid said. "There were a couple that I think he would like to have back, but those were young guy mistakes and he worked through, he came back; he kept firing. You're looking at that as a coach. Does he get gun shy, or does he continue to fire, and he did it. He stayed aggressive and did a pretty nice job."
By now, his play is no surprise in the Eagles locker room. But after another strong game, Foles continues to impress his teammates.
"For being a rookie he is so calm," said tight end Brent Celek. "Any time you ever make a mistake, if you can come back and let that go, you're going to be fine in this league. We all make mistakes; it's how you respond from it. Nick has done a great job, not only throughout camp but through the first few games.
"He's confident," said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. "I think he's very talented and I think as long as he stays confident and stays poised, you'll continue to see him have good games like this. I'm happy for him, but he'll only continue to get better."
Foles wasn't the only young player who impressed. After making his presence felt in the past two games, defensive end Brandon Graham contributed two sacks. Veteran defensive tackle Derek Landri also recorded a sack and a fumble.
The Eagles also finished the game with positive news on the injury front. Reid said after the game that quarterback Michael Vick threw today and may be able to participate in Sunday's Flight Night. Reserve safety Oshiomogo Atogwe was a pregame scratch with a hamstring injury, but the only injury sustained during the game was wide receiver Brian Hernandez (ankle).
Due to a scheduling quirk, the Eagles will return to Cleveland in just over two weeks to open the regular season. Still, the players don't care – they're just excited to be playing football.
"It's going to be exciting," Landri said. "I don't care who we play week one of the football season. Football is back and that's exciting. That's what you look forward to and that's what you live for."
The Eagles will wrap up their preseason with a game against the Jets next Thursday.
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