Marty: Foles Progressed 'Just Beautifully'

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Nick Foles started his second preseason game against the Jets. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The coordinators spoke at NovaCare Thursday, and Marty Mornhinweg, while indulging in the perfunctory elaborate praising of the upcoming opponent, also sounded optimistic about some of the challenges his offense might face.

Mornhinweg said he is not concerned about rookie Nick Foles backing up quarterback Michael Vick.

"I've got great confidence in Nick. I think Nick Foles has progressed just beautifully," Mornhinweg said. "Very fast pace. He's a bright guy, he's got natural playing ability, he's got natural instincts."

Mornhinweg called third quarterback Trent Edwards a "crafty veteran" who "does it just like we want him to do it. He also has some natural playing ability, some gut instincts ... I really think highly of the three quarterbacks that we have here."

Other highlights:

*Mornhinweg called Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden, who will serve a four-game suspension after this game, "an excellent cover man. He does an excellent job in bump and run. He is physical. He's got very good instincts."

*Special teams coordinator Bobby April confirmed that Brandon Boykin will return kicks Sunday and Damaris Johnson will return punts. April said he has never had rookies in both spots before.

*Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo left open the possibility that safety David Sims, acquired last week from Cleveland, might be active against the Browns. Castillo noted that although Sims is new to the Eagles' defense, the Browns' system is similar.

*Mornhinweg conceded that there were some things the Eagles did with Jason Peters at LT that they won't be able to do with King Dunlap.

*April indicated that Chas Henry's better holding results than Mat McBriar did indeed figure into the decision to keep Henry instead of the two-time Pro Bowl punter.

*Castillo got a little snippy with reporters who wanted to know why new middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans hasn't made a lot of plays. Told them they must not be watching practice. When informed that we were basing our observations off the actual games, Castillo said Ryans didn't really play that many snaps in the preseason, and that he'll be fine.

 *Mornhinweg was effusive over his stable of four young running backs. "So happy they're all with us," he said.

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