Information for this report was obtained from NFL scouts.
A third-round pick (88th overall) last year out of Arizona, Nick Foles got experience with six starts as a rookie before getting the job in Week 6 this year for new coach Chip Kelly. The 6-foot-6, 243-pounder is big in the pocket but he's more athletic than some expect and has 209 yards rushing.
There were questions in the summer if Foles would make the Eagles' roster. Kelly ran a quarterback competition deep into preseason and rookie Matt Barkley was in the mix. Now, it looks like the Eagles might have their passer of the future as Foles has thrown for 23 touchdowns with only two interceptions and is averaging 9.02 yards per attempt, tops in the league.
"He has great size and that helps in the pocket," one scout said. "He doesn't have a lot of speed but in short yardage he can run the zone read for you and pick up the first down. He's turned into a nice fit for what Kelly is doing there. The offense has more of a West Coast flavor to it now, two tight ends and the routes they use but he has a big arm and they throw it downfield with DeSean (Jackson) and Riley (Cooper) too. The reason he has been so good is he doesn't turn the ball over and that is what you see so many young quarterbacks do. He puts the ball where it needs to be and he's calculated in his risks. He's real intelligent too because Chip's game plans can be complicated."
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